Emmanuel Acho talks about new book, 'Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy'

The former linebacker and bestselling author has adapted the dialogue of his book, "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man," for a younger generation.
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Transcript for Emmanuel Acho talks about new book, 'Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy'
We are back with Emmanuel acho, the host of the viral video series "Uncomfortable conversations with a black man" and also author of a best-selling book by the name same and adapting it for a younger generation with his new book, "Uncomfortable conversations with a black boy." Emmanuel, good morning. Good to see you. Strahan, what's the word? The worth is you. You are and this book. I have a question. Why did you feel there was a need to adapt the book for children? It was imperative. If we want to change, sure, we could cut down the branches of the trees and pluck the leaf, if you will but address the roots is best then as he youth. When I was in high school, bro, I often heard, Emmanuel, you're too smart to be black or, Emmanuel, you don't dress like you're black. I heard this, Emmanuel, you're like an oreo, black on the outside. White on the inside. What I told the world of what I was hearing members of the latinx community said you're like a cococonut, brown on the outside, white on the inside. We will be better as a society if we address this. Hard to hear those things as an adult. Hard to imagine as a kid. You talk about your experiences when growing up. A question from a teenager. Take a look. Hi, Emmanuel. My name is Jayson. I'm currently a freshman in high school. Someone like me, how do I deal with racism when it comes to classmates making offensive joke. Jayson, one, thank you one for the boldness of asking that question. In all honesty I wish I would have asked that question when I was in high school because I had an identity crisis. I would deal with racism in a predominantly white high school like this, I'm through education but not just of your student, the peers but teachers, advisers and would try to equip them with the tools so they can identify racism within themselves. I would tell you, Jayson, the same thing I told to Oprah when she spoke, denial don't even know I am lying and so many people at your high school, Jayson probably don't even know they're lying about their own racial ignorance and racial insensitivity so try to equip them and help them understand that you may not be racist but your racial insensitivity is emotionally wounding you, Jayson, so do better about changing that. When should a parent have a conversation with race and racism with their children? Such a great, great question. Strahan, we have questions about religion, money, sex, but we don't necessarily have them about racism. Understand this, you don't give all your children a cell phone at the same age. You don't teach them all how to drive at the same age. As you see them fit and mature to have those conversations do it however. Do not make sure children out to be the scapegoat. Ah, they're not ready so I won't talk about it when you, in fact, the adult aren't equipped to talk about it. Don't use that as an excuse. There are now book, there have been books, "Uncomfortable conversations with a black boy," another book, so parents don't use your children as a scapegoat. You get in the fight and make sure you arm and equip them to dismantle their own insensitivity and ignorance. We saw you step in to host "The batch lo. It was a difficult conversation. A controversial season. The show still has a lot of work to do in terms of evolving. But will we see you again? Strahan, hosting "The bachelor," the toughest thing I've done navigating racism and love. I'm hopeful. I think "The bachelor" has a lot to do on camera and behind the camera promoting diversity and equal, not just by having black leads and black contestants but telling better depictions of the variety of black stories so hopeful but you know me, Strahan, I don't have hiring and firing power. I just pick up the phone when it Smart thing, don't worry about the rest, let them come to you. Great seeing you this morning. Emmanuel's new book, "Uncomfortable conversations with a black boy," is out now.

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