Last night, The Boy and I went to a recruitment session for the Upper Darby Police Department. I explained that one of the goals was to diversify the force by having more minorities to represent the changing population.
The Boy asked if it was wise to have Black officers. A curious question, so I asked why he asked THAT. He explained that he didn’t feel the whites in the neighborhood would respect officers of color and that the officers would have a hard time trying to do their jobs.
How appropriate that this conversation was the day before the beginning of Black History month. I always felt I had instilled a deep sense of pride in my children, but like any thing that isn’t attended to consistently, it falls off the radar. I don’t like that my ten year old asked recently what a “Jigaboo” meant and that he understands that a Black officer may have it more difficult than a white officer. I feel that it is my duty to educate both myself and my children about our history. I’m going to post interesting facts about African American/Black History each day this month.
This information was found at The Library of Congress. They do a much more thorough and proper explanation that I planned to do.