This is a parent's worst NIGHTMARE. Gabrielle Union makes a HEARTBREAKING announcement about her sons [VIDEO]By: Monya Fleming
Gabrielle Union appears on the cover of Essence magazine and discusses raising young black men in today's world in her accompanying video interview. Union wants her sons (that she shares with Dwayne Wade) to be confident but also wants them to be cautious when dealing with police officers.
Union said of the boys, "Our conversations about race and police are constant. Even if society didn’t give us hashtags everyday to prompt us. I was raised talking about it all the time, very aware. Whether that be from Black scholars, and other Black intellectuals, Black artists. My mom was just very diligent about supplementing out “education.” Now I have to use education finger quotes because I didn’t know anything. I got to college and was clueless. I think they teach us what they want to teach us."
"And it’s up to you to figure out what you don’t know and be clear that you’re ignorant and then you can do something about it. I try to make sure our boys are not as ignorant as I was. We are raising privileged Black boys, which creates an interesting situation. That me and D—we weren’t raised with that kind of privilege. So we’re kind of learning through their eyes. They’re rich kids. The kind of friends they have, talk kind of crazy to adults. ‘Not you guys.’ because A. that’s not the house we have and B. you can’t say crazy, disrespectful things to authority figures and think you’re going to walk away and make it home. That’s not your reality. You’re gonna have Uncle LeBron, Uncle Chris Paul and Uncle Carmelo. Those are your perks."
We think it's rather sad this even has to be an issue, but give mad props to Gabrielle for being cautious and proactive when it comes to raising these young men.
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