A White Mother’s Neglect

One more brown body
shot
and I think of all the lessons I never
taught
my son like
avoid the police at all costs
dress nice
and don’t wear red or blue or any color that they might think means you’re in a gang
keep your hands at your sides in the store
so they know you’re not stealing
or packing
or preparing to throw a punch
and if they accuse you of stealing
or packing
or preparing to throw a punch
anyway
say “sir” and “m’am”
and keep your head down.
I have not taught these things to my son.
And not once
have I thought to give him the script
that should have saved Michael Brown’s life
but didn’t.
Never have I said,
“Son,
when they take aim at your beautiful body
you must
spread your fingers,
raise your arms
and say
clear as day
‘I do not have a gun.'”

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7 thoughts on “A White Mother’s Neglect

  1. I actually had this discussion with my 19 year old son this morning as we ran errands getting him ready for another semester of college. We are white, so I have had the privilege of never having this conversation before this.

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