It is no secret that many mothers are having to sit down and have serious conversations with their black sons about to how to grow up in today’s world and remain safe. Proving that this conversation is universal and does not exclude class or celebrity status, Tia Mowry weighed in on the subject sitting down with Vibe Magazine at the Carefree dinner, as a part of the company’s “speak freely” campaign, and did just that.
“It is a conversation that I have on a regular basis with my husband [actor Cory Hardrict]. I’m a huge advocate about Black Lives Matter and for a while, I had a hard time sleeping. I really did, because I have a son who is black and who is going to be growing up in a society such as this. It’s a conversation that I have with my husband all the time about, what are we going to tell Cree?” Mowry stated.
As the daughter of a former white police office, she goes on to talk about the importance of educating not only our children but ourselves so that no one ends up in an unfavorable situation. “My dad is white, and my dad used to be a police officer, and he quit. The one thing that he told me was that when a police officer pulls you over, make sure your hands and at ‘10 and 2,’ and make sure it stays there. For my dad to tell me that, who’s white and used to be a police officer, to his black daughter, I think it says a lot. And this was when I just started driving. This was years ago.”
Mowry goes on to state that despite the fact that the conversation is a hard one and sometimes it can be a bitter pill for parents to swallow, it is better to start talking to children early because it is something that we can no longer run from. To read the rest of Mowry’s comments on this subject and a few others, check out the entire interview with Vibe Magazine.