In a touching and eye-opening video released Sunday, Black mothers describe the beauty they see in their children even if the world around does not.
“Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Trayvon … those could be my sons,” said Yolanda Sangweni, Deputy Editor at Essence Magazine, in the video created by Mater Mea, a website devoted to sharing and celebrating the stories of women of color.
“It really hits home because, you know, you think ‘Oh my gosh, no matter how well I think I’m doing this, when they step out of that door, it’s a whole other conversation to be had,’” Sangweni added about her young son.
The video features others, like writer Feminista Jones as well as Nasozi Kakembo, the founder of xnasozi, a home décor and lifestyle brand, and author Ibi Zoboi.
“It really saddens me when we are in spaces that are not predominately Black and the way that people treat my children,” Sangweni said before sharing a story of a time when another parent referred to her son as an “animal.”
“This is the world that these boys are going to occupy,” she added.
“At seven years old, he was articulating his fears of being a Black child. Being killed by police,” Jones said about her son.
In the nearly five-minute video, Kakembo added, “I would really like society to appreciate that my son and other Black children are children.”
(Photo: These Are Our Children via YouTube)
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