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Finding Hope As Communities Come Together For Philando

By Anne Hope, NFTY Northern Regional Advisor

Sometimes being a parent makes me ambivalent about the world. I am too busy parenting to think about the rest of the world. Sometimes, being a parent makes me hyper-focused on the world.

I woke up to news that yet another black man was murdered by the police. What is a parent to do? We teach our children to respect and trust the police. Do we keep teaching these lessons? How do we explain that police officers can be wrong? How do we explain that, in city after city across our country, black men are being murdered by police officers?

What is a parent to do? I hide the newspaper lest any graphic images haunt my child with anxiety. I talk to my teens about how I feel, what I believe. Do I march? Do I protest? Is it too dangerous? Could I get hurt? How can a parent put herself in danger? Do my kids come with me to march and protest? How can a parent put their children in danger?

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