New York City, George Floyd, New Hampshire discussed on Parenting and Politics
Through a political lens. Donald Monje today. The day were recording. This is June six twenty twenty. We are in day seventy something of being quarantined here in New York City where I'm located on May twenty fifth, an unarmed black man, George Floyd was murdered by police officer Minneapolis. The video that has made its rounds around. The world, showed a police officer, crushing this man with his knee and the World Watch as George Floyd pleaded for his life. This event came right after we witness a white woman amy. Cooper call the COPS in an African American man in Central Park in New York City where it was clear that she was using her white privilege to put that man's life in danger. For over a week we pat protests over the United States the protests the vigils continue for George Floyd and for all the people who have been victims of police brutality. All the black lives that we lost due to police brutality. That's what's happening right now in the United States. I've talked about black motherhood before about racial injustice intersection -ality today we're going to have a discussion about raising black children. The United States because I think it's important for those of us. Who are not raising children to hear about what this means. Lack moms or less likely to be listened to while giving birth suffer higher mortality rates in black bays or more likely to die within their first year. Children are more likely to be expelled from school. Lack children are more likely to go schools that are underfunded and lack resources. They are also more likely to be seen as adults rather than kids. Twenty seventeen study from Georgetown Law, researchers found that black girls as five or already seen as less innocent meeting less support than white girls of the same age. What children are more likely to end up in juvenile detention incarcerated leader on. Of course there are other disparities that affect African American communities like living in food deserts, having higher rates of asthma, diabetes and other illnesses, and of course lack of access to affordable healthcare. These communities suffer from over policing in high incarceration rates. The list goes on and on, and there's no denying that the real systemic issues that affect lecture in black families. So that's the backdrop of conversation today and I ve very excited to welcome to guests today. I Bay. The founder of the blog Harlem lovebirds. Canada's currently living in Boston with her children and husband. And Vanessa bell the founder of this woman Ma a blog about creating legacy in raising multi racial children than episodes from California, but relocated to Costa, Rica last year with her family. Thank you so much for being with me. Having us, thank you. So I always the podcast with the same question when we talk about parenting in politics, what comes to mind and why should we be talking about these things together? For me, I almost had my own political awakening. Having been important New Hampshire in two thousand fourteen. In the wake of the election, the two thousand sixteen election so New Hampshire is a very political place. That's where the first. One of the first primaries happens so the. Candidates they come up there with all their stump speeches and making their rounds, but at the time when I moved there from New York City to New Hampshire I was grounded because I was home with my infant son, and my daughter was in preschool, so I had a front row seat to the candidates coming up. There were lots of events I would just take my kids with me and we would see it. Firsthand it was like a front row seat. It's I didn't go with any agenda, which is curious. These political events are happening here in this community. What's going on and I? Think? In that period of being a mother, being at home with my children, and being very focused on them, and having the flexibility to be able to pay attention to politics which I think, there's some privileges I was really able to engage in so in two thousand fourteen to where I'm at right now. I would say that was really the start of my political awakening. And and that's where I saw. My own. PARENTI politic intersection start to happen. I think for me it. It began.