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Politico: Why I Refuse to Have ‘The Talk' With My Black Son

Isaac Bailey
Issac J. Bailey '95

"Watching the video of a Chicago cop shooting a 17-year-old 16 times–most after the teen lay on the ground–angered me so much it almost convinced me to go back on a pledge I made long ago not to follow the footsteps of many black American parents and have ‘The Talk' with my 14-year-old son. I was tempted to warn him about the dangers that still exist for young blacks in our society, to tell him about how he should be careful and deferential around police, and to be wary of how he is perceived by whites," writes Issac J. Bailey '95.

In a recent piece for Politico, columnist and Neiman Fellow Bailey explains why he is not going to have "The Talk" with his son, or his 11-year-old daughter.

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