In June, Ayesha Curry and her husband, Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, brought their eldest daughter Riley to a Black Lives Matter protest. In a recent interview with SELF magazine, Ayesha explained why, saying that she doesn’t believe in “sugarcoating” social issues when it comes to their three kids.
“I think we protested seven miles that day, so we knew Ryan wasn’t going to make it for the walk. But with our oldest, we felt like it was time. I mean, even if it wasn’t time, it was time, you know what I mean?” said Ayesha. “And we felt like the best way to explain everything to her was for her to see it and understand it and hear it firsthand. So we brought her with us.”
Ayesha Curry said the experience was a valuable one for 8-year-old Riley and that she learned much from the protest. “She totally got it, she internalized it, and then was able to ask us the questions that she wanted to ask without being fearful of asking them,” said Ayesha. “I feel like that’s been how we see change happening—because the children are our future, and I feel like if we’re verbally and physically instilling in them the change we wish to see, that’s the best way to get it going. So not really sugarcoating no matter how young the kids are—not sugarcoating what’s going on, really tackling it head-on, face-first—has been what’s worked for us.”
Ayesha Curry also mentioned that they wore masks during the protest to take precautions against coronavirus. “I am petrified. You know, our son has really bad asthma, and it’s been very important to us to make sure we’re masked up, we’re home as much as possible, we’re limiting the people that we see, and we’re taking all of the precautions.”
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