How Charles Blow felt after his son was stopped by police
Charles Blow shares a story about a dangerous encounter his son had with the police.
It was January 24, 2015. My son had
been trying to call me. We finally
got in touch with each other and he started
to tell me about what happened.
and it's one of those moments that kind
sends a chill down your spine, because you
know, the first thing you want to know
are the obvious things that any parent would want to know:
Are you okay? You know, my first reactions were
you know, I just need you to make sure
that you record as much as you can
remember in the moment. So I just said,
"Just write it down." But you know I'm furious.
I'm struggling my whole life to create
an environment I think it is somehow
protective of the same the things that
have happened to me as a young man -
officers pulling guns, threatening - to
keep that from happening to him. And then
I realized that no matter what I have
done his whole life, I still was not
able to prevent it. There's an overwhelming
sadness about me having to say that. Me
having to admit that there's nothing I
could do to protect him.
Our hands are tied as Black parents.
You can let them do everything that everybody else
is doing and hope it all turns out well
and hopefully it will, but you're
watching the news just like everybody