Rodney M Bliss

Today I Remembered My Son Was Black

I got a text:

So, I got pulled over. What do I do?

If you are a parent, you probably would read the text with a mix of dread and anger. Not me.

Mine was all about the fear.

See, my son is black and it’s the first time he’s been pulled over.

I gave him the same advice I’ve given him for years.

  • Be respectful
  • Keep your hands in plain sight
  • Sign the ticket when he hands it to you
  • ASK before you reach for your license
  • Call me when it’s over

My son is a good kid. But, tonight, more than ever before, I became acutely aware that he’s also black.

It turned out fine.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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