As my children stood on the sidewalk in downtown Raleigh waiting for the March of Our Lives march to begin, a black reporter walked up to me and asked:
There aren’t many of us here. Why did you decide to come out?
While I knew what he meant, I took a brief moment to answer him. I looked around at the growing crowd around me and he was right. There weren’t many black people.
I wasn’t going to attend. I kept going back and forth about it but I decided to bundle up my children and show my support for the March of Our Lives movement. 17 children were taken from their parents and it wasn’t the first or the last time something of this magnitude would occur.
The truth of the matter is, I didn’t just come for them. I came for ALL the children we have lost or will lose to gun violence.
And that is what I told that reporter.
It’s not about us.
I pointed to my children and told him, it was about them.
The cruel reality is that my children are now growing up in a world where school isn’t always the safest place to be. They are living in a world where I have to teach my black son how to act and react to certain situations to avoid being shot.
Gun violence is something to speak out about no matter what.
Before going, I sat down with both my older children and explained why we were marching.
I reminded them of Sandy Hook and Trayvon Martin. I shared with them the issues we are facing when it comes to guns in America.
I have learned that, while it stinks to have to have these types of conversations with a 7 and 9 year old, it is very necessary in today’s culture. I do my best to keep an open dialogue and discussion with my children with what is going on in the world. If we as parents don’t keep our children informed, they have to rely on the media and that isn’t always a good thing.
The March of Our Lives was about teaching my children that when something is important to you and the bettering of your country, you have to sometimes withstand the cold and march in the streets to allow your voices to be heard.
I am extremely proud of my children for standing with me and standing up for what is right.
We all have to come together and give our children the tool they need to create a better future for our society. It is them that will carry on the torch that we pass to them.
What are you doing to teach your children about the issues in our country?
I’d love to hear your perspective!