A recent video posted on Mater Mea, a site dedicated to sharing and celebrating stories of women of color, discusses how mothers see their black children versus how society sees their black children.
Featuring an array of mothers who are authors, activists, and writers- like Yolanda Sangweni, Feminista Jones, Nasozi Kakembo, Ibi Zoboi- the film features commentary from both them and their children.
The purpose of the video is to show how black children are often stripped of childhood innocence and labeled as something menacing and scary.
Having the children share their dreams, the video shows that black children are just as wishful and optimistic and other children to grow up one day to do what they love. “I want to be scientist,” one child shares.
One mother expresses her concern over her son’s inevitable large height making him labeled as a threat: “My son is going to be very, very tall and he’s going to be big. I don’t want people thinking my son is some kind of monster, or predator, or beast. That’s how they talk about our children – particularly the teenagers. They think that they’re superhuman just because of their size.”
Check out the full video below: