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The Reality Of Racism And Raising An African American Boy

Parenting / Single Moms Talk / May 27, 2014

As a mother and specifically as a mother of an African-American boy, it is imperative that I teach my child about racism.  Growing up in a world were people are still judging you by the color of your skin, teaching my son that everyone will not have his best interest at heart is a must.

Read my article at, to learn how I went about teaching my son about racism and why I did it….


I always wanted a son.  As long as I can remember, when dreaming of being a mother, I always pictured myself with one child…a boy.  In that dream, I never thought about what it would be like raising an African-American boy in this society.

In lieu of the racist statements recently made by LA Clippers coach, Donald Sterling and themurder of Travon Martin, it is a shame that I must have a conversation with my 10-year-old son, about racism, how to act around police officers and other people who wish him harm.

I encourage my son to watch the news in the morning, instead of cartoons, as he gets ready for school, so that he knows what is going on in the world.  Our drives to school are generally spent discussing what he saw that morning on the news and me answering questions about it.

How I Taught My Son About Racism

Facing the reality

When my son asked why he wasn’t allowed to go to a Clippers game, it took me by surprised.  I was listening to the news as I got ready for work and I didn’t recall them saying that…at least not in those words.  When my son went on to explain that one of the kids said it at school, I was shocked.  I was shocked that children were discussing current events with one another on the playground instead of playing.  I was also angry that a child would say that to my son.

I masked my anger, as best I could and asked him if he had heard about the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers making statements about Black people on the news.  He said he had heard a little about it and I explained that the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers had basically stated that he didn’t like black people, even though he owned a team which was made up of several African-American men.

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Ty Knighten
Ty Knighten knows a thing or two about relationships and dating. A single mom from Calif., Ty decided to turn her experiences in love and relationships into a blog. Written with plenty of sass, her mission is to help women empower themselves to realize love, success and confidence through her articles. She writes about dating and relationships from the perspective of a single mom but adds insights that will help women and men as they maneuver through the confusing world of dating and relationships. You can reach her on Twitter @UHeardMeRight, on Facebook at The Sexy Single Mommy or connect with her on Google+ and Instagram at chocoty.

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