We were at the Union at the university.Thats basically a place where people come and relax and you check your emails and your class schedules.
And I just happened to see this head of curly hair and I had to get closer to her.
And the closer I got, the better she looked.
And I had to introduce myself.
So, here we are 20 years later.I have three kids. Isaac is our oldest. Ian is our middle child. Isabella is our youngest.
Shes seven-and-a-half. We homeschool them.
We have for the last five-and-a-half years.
Our children, they do have the best of both worlds in having a Black father and a white mother.In life, they dont have to think about choosing a side.
And I had to introduce myself.Im originally from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines which is in the eastern Caribbean.
I was evacuated due to a volcano in 1979.
I was seven years old at that time.Came to United States, lived in New York City for few years.And I also was in the military myself.
The only questions that the kids have asked us about race is, "Dad, why is your skin darker than Moms?"And, so, I went ahead and took a DNA test and I explained all that to them.
Okay. Daddy is 50 percent Nigerian. Daddy is 25 percent from Sierra Leone. Daddy is 11 percent Scottish.Daddy has four percent Native American.
Daddy has three percent Asian.
So, I break it down for them.
As far as what were teaching them, its whats appropriate for their age.
We dont put them in that environment where they can be harmed or anyone can share their negativity with them.
So, we protect our children.
Theyre still trying to learn how to do their multiplication tables, you know.
So, the issue of slavery and systemic racism, you know, thats not at their level at this point.
And in due time, as those discussions come into play,hes like youre old enough, youre mature enough, its time for you to learn this.
And it may come up because our child has a question,or it may come up because of something theyre exposed to.
Couple months ago, there was protests right here in our neighborhood.
They chose South Lincoln neighborhoods, where we live, because they felt that they needed to expose South Lincoln.
So, the kids got to see that first-hand right here at the end of our streetand what that looked like and it was a peaceful protest.
But then when they see something on the news thats violentand people are literally hurting each other and causing vandalism, thats not a peaceful protest.
Thats literally riots.
And so, Ive talked to them about knowing that we live in Nebraska
and in some regards their exposure looks very, very different than if we lived on the East or the West Coast.