One of my roles in this life is as a Dad. I like it. A lot.
One of my kids that I get to be Dad with is turning eleven in a couple of weeks. He’s a sweet boy. He’s large in stature. He’s tender in heart. I think of him as a “gentle giant.” He loves to laugh, dance, sing. He hates to make his bed.
My eleven year-old is black. He is African American. His Mom and I were able to adopt him at birth through an agency. His Birth Mom and Birth Grandma encouraged his placing.
My son has not experienced a physically dangerous kind of profiling. I’m grateful for that. This is not true, sadly, for many blacks in many parts of the United States.
It is rather disturbing and absurd that a video such as the one below must be made for a category of people to survive when encountering police and authority. Thank you Christina Baldwin for sharing this.
As a Dad to a gentle giant who loves to sing and hates to make his bed, this brings out fierce protection in me. And a few tears.