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Finally tonight, a special contribution to our series Race Today, where we have been exploring how different generations see the issues making headlines.
The conversation is a short film from the Op-Docs team at The New York Times.
Directors Geeta Gandbhir and Blair Foster spoke to parents of African-American boys about the conversation they have with their sons on how to respond when stopped by the police.
There's this unspoken code of white — of racism and white supremacy that says that my life doesn't matter.
You can put your hands up and say — and cooperate and say that I'm choking and still be killed and then there's no repercussions.
It's maddening. I get so frustrated and angry about having to prepare my kids for something that they're not responsible for.
And these are conversations that people of other races do not have to have with their children.
The conversation with him was really just, look, you're a beautiful young boy.
Being African-American is a wonderful thing, it's a wonderful blessing, you have come from great people, but it's also a hard thing.
In America, because of your skin color, as a black boy and as a black man, we are going to be dealing with a lot of danger.
Under no circumstance are you to talk to the police if you're arrested until I get there.
Do what they say. Don't get into any arguments.
Make sure your hands are out of your pockets, so they can see.
These are the questions you can ask. This is who to call. This is what happens if this bad thing — it's not like, please, master, don't whip my. No, it's like, excuse me, sir, what's your badge number? I'm going to film this.
If you want police brutality to stop, if you want police to treat you like a human being, then you have to see yourself as a human being.
You have every right in this world that anyone does.
What I love about you, as my son, is, I remember when we thought about having you, and, you know, knowing that we wanted you and watching you grow.
You are the Muhammad Ali. You are the Malcolm X. You are the Martin Luther King.
You are an amazing young man. And the future is yours.
And I will do my best to make sure you're safe. That's it. I love you.
You can see the entire film along with additional Op-Docs videos at nytimes.com/opdocs.
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