A Diversity Minute: “Mom, Dad, I want you know that…”

“Mom and Dad, I want you to know that I will behave in an appropriate manner just like you taught me, because I love you.” This sentence should be no more than a sweet expression of love and respect; one that would make any parent feel proud. It takes a whole different meaning when it is said by Myles, a young African American boy.

Myles is interviewed for this short documentary, “A Conversation About Growing Up Black,” and in his message to his parents, he wants to reassure them that he will “be ok.” Another young man, Marvin, tells his parents that he “…has the foundation to be a good man, an honorable man, the foundation to survive in this country.”

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A Diversity Minute is posted on Chemeketa Connects on an ongoing basis and promotes short videos related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Do you want to recommend a video? Please email vivi.caleffi.prichard@chemeketa.edu.