My goal isn’t to brainwash him, or turn him into a little leftist, I simply want him to grow up to be a compassionate young man.
Since Lockett’s story was released we’ve received several responses on Facebook of people sharing their personal experiences to their reactions, here are some of those comments.
Having to spend my childhood rehearsing for the day a police officer would pull me over may sound scary. And I’m aware it’s not something parents of all races feel the need to teach their kids. But the day it actually happened, I was gratefu that my mom made sure I was ready.
As part of our partnership with the New York Times Race/Related, Youth Radio correspondents from around the country described their lasting memories of a first encounter with racism.
Standardized testing week at the middle school where I was a teacher from 2008 – 2010, was a big deal. Signs went up in the hallways, “Eat a good breakfast!” and a hushed silence fell over the normally chaotic hallways.
My parents always tell me that when it comes to school, I have it a lot easier than they did. When they entered college in the 80s, the encyclopedia was still the go-to source for academic information, and your only tools in the classroom were a notebook, pen, and an open mind. This, to me, is unimaginable. Today’s educational technology makes it a lot easier to learn, and a lot easier to cut corners.