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USA-POLICE/RACE-YOUTH
RTSIOKO
July 19, 2016
In the eyes of four-year-old Autumn Unaeze, her grandfather in his blue police uniform is a superhero...
Baton Rouge, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Hard questions from children over U.S. police killings
In the eyes of four-year-old Autumn Unaeze, her grandfather in his blue police uniform is a superhero protecting people. Yet, there are troubling realities about police that her mother knows she must begin sharing with her: first, how other officers could harm her black family, and then how law enforcement officers can be targets themselves, after three were killed in an attack near her Baton Rouge home on Sunday. Across the United States, African-American parents, teachers and other adults face a difficult decision - how and at what age to talk to children about a racially charged debate over policing and tensions over the shooting deaths of black men by officers in a country that struggles to end racism. That conversation has grown more urgent in recent weeks. In the tumult of social media, ever-younger children have been exposed to grainy videos of black men dying at the hands of law enforcement or to blanket news coverage of black-led protests over use of police force. Then they've seen the shock in communities whose officers are gunned down in the line of duty. Families that may have once discussed racial disparities in policing with older teens now face questions from preschoolers such as Autumn, who want to know why people are being so mean. Others ask why people are protesting or why police now face ambushes as in Baton Rouge and Dallas, where five officers were killed earlier this month. REUTERS/Jeffrey Dubinsky SEARCH "DUBINSKY QUESTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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