Since Minnesota resident George Floyd was murdered by police on May 25, and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests nationwide, Black parents like actress Holly Robinson Peete educating their kids on racism and how to behave around police is more important than ever.
Holly Robinson Peete has four children with her husband, former NFL player Rodney Peete: 22-year-old twins Ryan and Rodney “RJ” Peete Jr., 17-year-old Robinson, and 15-year old Roman Peete. In a recent interview with ET, Holly Robinson Peete explained that she fears for her kids around police due to their skin color, so she makes every effort to ensure her children know how to act and what to say when being stopped by police. Holly Robinson Peete has even had police officers visit her house and roleplay scenarios in which her kids get pulled over to prepare them.
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#tbt #thursdaythoughts how are you doing today?? Mental health check! 💯If you’re feeling a little low and deflated especially- if you have black children -you’re not alone. Is anyone else really having a challenging time processing these awful events with their kids?? 🤦🏽♀️It’s an absolutely scary and demoralizing time. Every day there is more black family pain. The conversations I’ve had with my friends black white asian latinx have been both heartbreaking and comforting. And while I am still a little stung by the silence of so many of our family friends who love to hang out with us and support us in so many ways but can’t/won’t verbalize directly their support about #blacklivesmatter I need to move past that because this time is a pretty great litmus test. Everyone should be surrounding themselves with people who support you and the very basic tenants of human rights and social justice. Sooo STAY UP! We have to listen to and answer the questions of our children thoughtfully and supportively. we have to remember that their lens is different than ours. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 shout out to my kids who are so thoughtful and resilient. I know these are really difficult and terrifying moments. I love you guys so much. Your lives matter🤎💔🙏🏽
“As a Black mom of four, this isn’t my first rodeo. This George Floyd thing was horrendous. As a mom of kids that are Black, I worry about this stuff every single day,” says Peete. “I’ve said, ‘Don’t talk back, put your hands where they can be seen, start your phone, always record it, ask a cop if their body cam is on, make sure their body cam is on,’” she continued. “But this is a lot to ask of a child. If you’re being stopped, it’s scary. Your heart starts pounding, you start panicking, and that’s usually when bad things happen. So, we’ve had former policemen come over to our house and talk to our kids and actually roleplay and do things like that.”
Holly Robinson Peete didn’t hesitate to mention that compliance doesn’t guarantee safety, citing George Floyd in a conversation she had with her son. “My son said to me the other day, ‘Mom, I thought you said if I comply, everything will be OK. George Floyd complied and he died,’” recalled Peete. “So, then I’m like, ‘Back to the drawing board again.’”
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Who remembers our RV road trip to Arizona on #MeetThePeetes?! 🚌 it was some really good TV but when I tell you there was sooo much BTS drama going on. 🤦🏽♀️Every single Peete had some “major” issue they were dealing with and being squeezed up in an RV for a week with cameras following us definitely brought out the draaaamaaaa. 😱After the trip we were like we don’t need to see each other for a month LOL. But NOW having been hunkered down together for 10weeks we have gotten to know each other in ways we never would have. We are listening to each other. We laugh so much about that trip and all of the high drama that happened. When we look at the photos we’re like wow that was like an amazing bonding moment -so why were we all so miserable?? In retrospect these weren’t petty issues. But how we expressed them was so toxic and lacked compassion. We are self deprecating family. You have to have a thick skin to be a Peete (like locker room thick!) because we will go back and laugh at moments that seemed like they were just the end of the world. So this #memorialdayweekend we will stay home and reminisce and chuckle about family moments that we thought we would never get past. Oh and we bbq’n!! Stay safe #wearamask and don’t sweat the family drama😍👨🏽👩🏽🦱👦🏽👦🏽👦🏽👧🏽#familyiseverything