Pastor and author Michael W. Waters was a teenager when he learned the lesson.
He was in the car with his family members when they pulled over at a gas station in Waco, Texas to get some snacks. Michael, who was wearing a large jacket with a hood, started rustling as he prepared himself to head into the store.
Before he could get out of the car, his grandfather’s words stopped him.
“Take that hood off your head before you go in that store or they will blow your brains out!”
That one incident led Michael’s grandparents to give him a two hour lesson in racial history in America and what that meant for his life as a black teenager growing up in this country.
Do we still have to have these talks with our children? See what Michael has to say over at Black Voices.