Do you know the leading causes of death for young African American men in the U.S.?

  1. Accidents
  2. Suicide
  3. Homicide
  4. Heart Disease
  5. Cancer
  6. Police force- asphyxiation, beating, a chemical agent, a medical emergency, a Taser, or a gunshot*

1 in 1000 Black men and boys will be killed by police during their lives which is 2.5 times higher than their White counterparts.* And the numbers for Black women are just as disheartening. The recent murders by police of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor put a name and face to the ongoing, public health crisis of racism in it’s many forms, such as police brutality against Black people.

This harsh reality makes “The Talk” necessary or even mandatory in Black families. In Part 1 of the Racism and Injustice Series, Professor Rudy Darden explains the magnitude of this conversation. He says, “It’s a simple talk around racial discrimination, racial inequity, power differences, behavior that has to be disarming for white people in order for you to get back here safely… ”

This episode covers:

  1. How we are doing since the murder of George Floyd and global outcry
  2. The work of PJI (The Peace and Justice Institute)
  3. The Talk-why, when, and how to have it with your kids

Thanks, Professor Rudy Darden!

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*Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race–ethnicity, and sex

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