How to raise a black son in America
As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response.
In a letter to the son he may someday have, Clint Smith reflects on growing up black in America and shares his hopes for his future children.