Having 'The Talk': What black parents tell their children about the police

Every police shooting of a young black man ripples throughout the black community. It often ends up with a conversation between black parents and their children, especially sons—a conversation the media has unofficially labeled “the talk.” After the killing of Trayvon Martin, this typically private discussion became news for some people. But it was not news for black America. It has its roots in slavery, when parents prepped their children on how to navigate an unfair world and often gave instructions on how to keep them alive. Sadly, the conversation hasn’t evolved much.

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