As many continue to take a stand against racial injustice after the murder of George Floyd on May 25, Todaythis is Hoda Kotb checked with a handful of kids demanding change.
On Monday’s show, Hoda brought a group of kids for a virtual conversation about the protests going on and how they believe we can all make the world a fairer, safer and more equal place for black Americans. While speaking with the children – a 10-year-old girl named Rosalie, seventh grade students Logan, Josh and Aidan, and Marley, a 15-year-old activist – some talked about their personal experiences with racism.
“The moment we are living in is a little frustrating as it seems to be an attack on people who look like me, which is really scary and disappointing,” said Marley, who argued for thousands of books on black girls go to school. said Hoda.
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Aidan also shared: “I feel in danger, as if I were being chased because I am different, and I just find it unacceptable.”
Hoda followed Aidan and asked if his parents had ever talked to him about how he should act in public. In response, Aidan said that his parents taught him to be careful, know his rights and “never disrespect a police officer”. But even still, he sometimes feels intimidated when he leaves his house.
“For example, when I was walking my dog Phineas, I felt like it was at night, so I didn’t want someone to come up to me like, ‘Oh, it’s an African American boy night. He must be doing something wrong ” “Said Aidan. “It’s like, ‘Why? We are all the same.'”
Moments later, Logan explained how his father had tried to explain to him the reason for the global protests.
“Yesterday my dad said,” You don’t know what it’s like to be black until you walk a mile in my shoes, “said Logan. “What he means by that is that you don’t know what it’s like to see people hugging their bags when you walk down the street. He says it happens every day.”
Marley then recalled one of his first experiences with inequality and racism. When she was in elementary school, other students made negative comments about her hair.
“A lot of the kids at school would say it takes up too much space, and they wanted me to sit in the back, or it was dirty,” she said. “And these things were super frustrating because I felt like it was completely out of my control. This is what my hair looks like, and I would never say that to anyone else.”
Hoda brought Rosalie into the conversation asking her to talk about what she had seen during her summer camp.
“I saw people from another cabin. They said they didn’t want to play with someone because of their race,” she recalls. “I didn’t really say anything to them at the time, but I did speak to my advisers, and sometimes I regret a bit that I didn’t say anything, but I don’t do it at the same time, because I could have made matters worse. “
Marley recommended that if children experience overt racism, such as Rosalie, they should ask themselves what they know about the situation before intervening and not be afraid to seek help from an adult.
Before concluding the conversation, Josh shared his thoughts on how to resist racism. “I would say we are all the same, we are all people. I say it will be fine, and soon we will all be like friends and it will be over.”
Marley added, “We have to understand that it’s good to be Black, it’s good to be White, it’s good to be Pacific Islander. And all of these differences are what, in fact, make this beautiful and amazing country, and makes us the people we are. “
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