The Talk: Race in America

About This Episode

The Talk – Race in America is about the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. In many homes, “the talk,” as it is called, usually contains phrases like this:

If you are stopped by the police: Always answer “yes sir, no sir”; never talk back; don’t make any sudden movements; don’t put your hands in your pockets; obey all commands; if you think you are falsely accused, save it for the police station. I would rather pick you up at the station than the morgue…

The multiplatform media initiative will present six personal stories to illustrate the issue from multiple points of view: parent, child, the police and the community. Filmed across the country, the stories will include interviews with academics, police force members, community activists and family members, including Dr. Christi Griffin, Samaria Rice, Reverend Catherine Brown, Trevena Garel, Eric Adams, the Ramirez family, and members of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.