Trayvon Martin: Moms Afraid for Black Teens

African American mothers share words they tell their kids.
2:03 | 03/23/12

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ABC's Pierre Thomas tells us about private warning some parents give about unspoken rules. -- Just about everybody in the black community is talking about trade on -- let him. Eat any of fast you know and Iraq's military and our Brothers. I don't want to be -- his son Martin's. Burying my child. Today suburban moms -- -- Tucker Hamilton and the Greta Dennis are giving their sons specific instructions were survived. The uncomfortable conversations. Necessary for generations. Still taking place. Once they started looking like man -- just about fourteen or fifteen even though their children. I basically tell them at your perceived as a black man and society. Even a trip to the store is not routine -- tell them. Always you have to keep your hands -- your pocket because people will perceive that as threatening or they may think it's still in something. If you walk in a building in you have your head -- from being out. Take that head off. If you go in the -- war and you buy something always figure item may benefit package that get in a bank and get your receipt. The moms are also say don't stand too close to people. Particularly women and when stopped by police. Don't reach for any pain brought that -- the when they'll be respectful at the officer if you could please call your parents. And I want to be on the ballot to hear the conversation. Their sons and -- students still feel the pressure. The -- I was -- run and that's by. I'll call I'll walk right by some money in the kind of like -- it is frustrating and I -- -- -- -- -- It is this is painful. Think that you have to -- two steps ahead. Just because of the color your -- It is painful but unfortunately it's a reality for us at the end of the day I want my -- to come home alive. Diane what struck me is that these women are having these conversations. With their son's every day.

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