The Talk – Race in America

The Talk – Race in America

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 9:00pm

Pictured:Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park.

Credit: Courtesy of Tamir Rice

The Talk – Race in America, a multiplatform media initiative, presents six personal stories to illustrate the issue from multiple points of view: parent, child, the police and the community.

The Talk  Race in America, a two-hour documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, airs Monday, February 20, 2017 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.  In many homes, “the talk,” as it is called, usually contains phrases like this:

If you are stopped by the police:

Always answer “yes sir, no sir”; never talk back; don’t make any sudden movements; don’t put your hands in your pockets; obey all commands; if you think you are falsely accused, save it for the police station. I would rather pick you up at the station than the morgue…