Listen to Little Brothers

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How have you experienced “The Talk”?

It’s Simple.

Since 2010, our Little Brother team has been lauded for our films based on a simple concept:  Listening.

Since the beginning we’ve asked that you join our Call-to-Action.

Whenever you witness confrontation, shaming, prejudice or injustice, share these words:

“Listen to Little Brothers.”

Or just, “Listen.”

Now, more than ever, we see a need for families and communities to add one more layer:

“The Talk.”

Little Brother consultant Cathleen Campbell suggests communities make a serious effort toward a conversation of this nature:

Black families know “The Talk” as the discussion parents have with their children to warn them about their vulnerability due to skin color—and in particular, how their skin color makes them vulnerable to potentially dangerous encounters with rogue authority figures. Although each family addresses “The Talk” in its own unique way, essentially the message is the same:  “Beware—the world for African-Americans (and especially Black males) is not the same as the one for White Americans. In encounters with rogue police, African-Americans are less likely to be presumed innocent. This presumption of guilt for African-American makes has led to a shocking number of recent police shootings involving unarmed Black men.”

Little Brother Films and the Pay-what-you-wish Little Brother Curriculum Guide provide a constructive way to spark discussion within families—of all ethnicities—leading to solutions throughout society, domestic and abroad.

How have you experienced “The Talk”? If so, please share your experience by clicking here.

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We have some suggestions to get started.

From author David Miller: Click here for 10 Rules of Survival If Stopped by Police

From The Black Star Project, USA: 10 Rules For Police When Interacting With Black Youth

1) Approach the child or student in a non-confrontational manner.  All Black youth are not guilty of a crime and should not be treated as such. 

2) Peacefully discuss the problem/issue/disturbance.

3) Listen attentively before you speak.

4) Increase all officers’ awareness of disproportionate minority contact for teens.

5) Increase all officers’ knowledge of patterns of youth behavior.

6) Don’t be overly aggressive.

7) Exercise fairness (in practice and perception) when engaging youth.

8) Don’t be biased against youth because of their race, gender, gender preference and/or class.

9) Look at other solutions first.  Use arrest as a last resort.

10) Understand that some youth may be dealing with underlying issues (mental illness, social/familial or societal issues) that may be the root of the problem.

Do you want to contribute to our conversation? Join us by submitting an account of your experience with “The Talk” by clicking here.

Listening and Talking.  Sounds like this is a great way to spend some Little Brother time.

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Watch Little Brother films here on kweliTV.

Order Little Brother DVDs here at Third World Newsreel.

Learn more about our friend and consultant Cathleen Campbell by clicking here.

Thank you.