A Tennessee native has created a book that hopes to make having “the talk” between black parents and their children about police brutality a little easier.
Mother and former social worker Sanya Gragg recently released her children’s book, Momma, Did You Hear The News? where black children ask their parents about different incidents of police brutality (one page shows a child referencing Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, although with Davis his shooting was not police-related).
Gragg has two grown sons and one three-year-old daughter.
“I knew there would be many families having ‘the talk’ with their children,” Gragg said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “It confirmed that this was my assignment.”
“The most difficult part for me is knowing my sons and yours can do everything right and still end up in a tragic situation,” she continued. “That just makes me really sad.”
The book also includes a five-part mantra that Gragg encourages children and adults alike to memorize whenever they find themselves in a confrontation with a police officer.
A – Always use your mannersL – Listen and complyI – In control of your emotionsV – Visible hands alwaysE – Explain everything