GUEST POST: A White Mother on Explaining Ferguson, Trayvon and Jordan to Her Black Daughter

Sharing this post. Very good description of the day to day happenings of how unexpected moments from family, to friends, to our community, to our world can occur and how we as parents navigate them, especially when we are a minority race parent, a trans-racial adoptive parent or a biological parent of a mixed race family.

Angela Tucker

What do white adoptive parents say to their black child when events like those in Ferguson, Missouri are playing out?  Soberingly, my children, like many children, are already too well-versed in these conversations with us, from the verdict in the Trayvon Martin trial to Jordan Davis’s murder in his parked car.  We have gone out of our way to shield them from the latest story of African-American kids shot to death by white adults… and then a random taxi screen or a thumbnail on a website catches their attention and we’ve found ourselves scrambling to explain.  We’ve searched online for the right words, emailed non-white friends and experts for perspective, sit down with our children to tell them our painstaking takes on unsparing truths, hoping that we are getting it right.
 

This summer, though, we have been on a self-imposed exile in the Sonora Desert and so, when the news first started trickling in about Michael Brown’s death and the growing protests in…

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