How John Singleton's 3-year-old son reacted to the police
John Singleton shares a story about how his young son reacted to the police.
I'm in my mid twenties maybe 27 years
old. My son is 3.
We're at the California African American
museum and exposition, right, and he's not
growing up in, you know, the environment
that I'm from, right? A police car rolls
by - he's three years old - he starts
picking up rocks and throwing them at
the police car. And I asked, "Why?
Stop! Stop! What are you doing that for?"
Right? And he said, he said, "If they take
you to jail, I'm going to kill them." So obviously somewhere -
somewhere in his three-year-old mind,
from the moment of him being in toddlerhood to three years old, he felt
some type of trepidation for police, you know what
I mean, you know, law, authority - that was a
threat to him as a young black male.
What is that about? How is it - how and why
is it that we feel this way from
generation to generation? Because these
these police shootings are nothing new
you know what I mean? And your generation and your
parents' generation and their parents'
parents' generation, you know, they knew
that the police were not there to serve