my son is 3 and loves police, everything about them from the uniform to the cars and sirens. he also loves firefighters in the same way, which is fine with us because they really do help people without question. but dh has a very negitive view of law enforcement, as do i, for good reasons of course. he is spanish and cherokee and has been the victim of racial profiling and unprovoked police brutality all his life. i am caucasian and have also been the victim of racial profiling (stopped for being in the "wrong neighborhood" when in fact i live in said neighborhood). so how do we teach our sons the truth about the police, especially for a young man who looks hispanic/latino or really any race that is not white? we live in a city where hispanic/latino is the majority but the city is run by the white minority, the same city dh grew up in and constantly delt with racisim/discrimination both from whites and people of his own race. granted dh is not a typical hispanic/latino male, infact he is a rastafarian so that has not made it easier due to an obviously "different" appearance, but that does not imply that he is lawless or a criminal. i am just looking for some advice/support in addressing the issue of the realities of police with a young boy who admires them so much.
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9/1/09 at 1:18pm