When Black Children Grow Wings,
the World Gets Scared
Discipline and Preteens
Everybody needs a posse every now and then.
Gary and Sheih are two African American parents in their mid-thirties who are beginning to see the importance of teaching their son, Ahmad, about racism. But they don't know how. Ahmad is eleven, and his experiences in school are changing. Ahmad is growing bigger and faster than ever before, and he is looking more mature. He has always been a good student and cooperative with teachers, and he has both White and Black friends. At first, everyone loved Ahmad; he was one of the most likable boys in his chss. His White and Black classmates invited him over to their homes for birthday parties and phytime. But Gary and Sheila have noticed that teachers have begun to raise issues about Ahmad's anger. They say he is resistant and argumentative with the teachers. They say he is sometimes aggressive with other kids. Ahmad has come home crying over racial names he has been called by Whites in the school who do not know him. They also notice that he isn't invited to play with his White friends as much. Sheih has noticed that Ahmad is starting to talk back to her more than ever.
As children become teenagers, boys become men, and girls become women, the world takes a dramatic wrong left turn. For many Black families and youth, it turns left, then backward. Or so