Transcript for One Black Parent's Strict Dress Code Rules for His Kids: 'No Dark Clothes, No Hoodies'
My name is Lawrence Otis Graham. I'm at a turning elects an investment banker. We both went to Harvard alive I went to Harvard Law School in Princeton undergrad. My wife went to Harvard College Harvard Law School Harvard Business School hands we have three kids two boys and a girl. For us I think it was when the trade on Martin's incident happened when he was shot because we thought. Our boys could have been the very same circumstance the back it would be our own so that's when we realized we had to have a conversation we are black or black. But we have to. Address it in certain ways by making sure that we're wearing clothes. That art not ones that suggest that we are part of the criminal element has of people would say it's nobody that's no dark clothes my boys know. That they've got to be khaki pants we don't do sweat shirts with words and names on them this is really casual for them they don't do the teacher thing. And when it comes to jackets raincoats it's this do we Tom you're gonna feel good in our house is on a raincoat. Or winter jacket it's no colored high tops it's the flow furs sits white tennis sneakers. It's not carrying anything in your hand. I'm after sundown the can be misconstrued. As a weapon. It's also making sure that when they go to stores they get receipts they walk in they make eye contact and nod and smile to the shop owner. They make sure that there is their bags r.s dipped in left in the car outside the store. It's also making sure that they never run win in the presence of a police officer and let the very apparent that there dressed for jogging. I'm they don't go out after sundown my younger son said you're taking the fun out of being a black kid but just knows if necessary. And once again it's not because we're trying to make them white it's just the whole issue of we don't want them to be profiled. My children are surrounded by black role models we want our children to know. This is what black people can become and we are holding them at the famed hard Stan. My biggest fear for my black boys it's just it's I don't want them shot I don't want them to pay hazard it's as simple as that it's no longer even. In issue I wanted them to be treated with the same respect and dignity. Other kids that are not black and other aids it's just want to keep them alive.
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