Edmonton, BC, June 8, 2020 – Global BC aired an episode about discussing race with Tanya Hayles, founder of Black Moms Connection (BMC) via Skype. Over the years, BMC has become a source for black women by providing support and resources for parenting and self-development.
While the world reflects on the death and murder of George Floyd. At least 40 states, as well as Canada, have participated in protests as a result of systematic racism and in pursuit of equality for black people. With all that is taking place in the world, one may wonder how to have these conversations about race and equality with their children.
“The key thing is to start where your children are. It really depends on how old they are. It’s a case-by-case, child-by-child basis for kids who are 4-7. You could say there are people in the world who just don’t like other people for what they look like” says, Hayles. “You need to arm yourself with the toolbox black parents have had to have these conversations since forever. Unfortunately, it’s inevitable. We call it “the talk” in the black community. Reading up on other people and how they have to learn to navigate and arm yourself with that information so that when your kids do come, you, you can answer them.”
Hayles makes it clear that these conversations are not new in the black community. It is very important that parents equip their children with the reality of what they will face once in the real world. Unfortunately, black children have to learn about these conversations at very young ages. This means that parents also need to be equipped on how to have these conversations sooner than later
“We have created a resource on our website in response to all of this. There are resources for parents to read and watch and for kids to read and watch,” says Hayles.
About Tanya Hayles
Tanya Hayles is an award-winning event planner and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the Black Moms Connection; a village that supports the growth and encouragement of black moms. Members of this organization learn ways to better themselves as mothers. They are immersed in resources, workshops, event spaces and scholarships.