Young: The list of things to warn Black children about keeps getting longer

May 11, 2023

Alford Young Jr., The New York Times: Black parents contacted by NBC News said they are infused with heightened fear and rage that safe spaces outside the home are shrinking. “This young man was trying to find his siblings,” said Alford Young Jr., the chair of the sociology department at the University of Michigan and father of two sons ages 24 and 20. “Some of the other young Black people who have been victims of violence were doing everyday things: walking, driving, jogging, playing in the park, bird-watching. What can you say other than ‘Don’t be a social being,’ which is impossible?”