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Beyond 'The Talk': How Parents Prep Their Black Children For The World

A Black Lives Matter protest in May. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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Kimmia Sanders says from a very early age her mother made sure her children were prepared to deal with the reality of being Black in the U.S.

"As a child, my mom was always talking to me about how to carry myself being a young Black woman in America. Being Black, you have to handle certain situations differently because if you're not careful things can go south really quickly."

That's why her mother, Kim Sanders, made sure her two children learned about how to handle being confronted by police offfcers. Her decision: take a hands-on approach, enrolling her daughter in a program to give her the skills needed to walk away from a confrontation.

"Being Black in America is a really hard thing... in some cases it can cost you your life," said Kim Sanders.


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