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MASHONDA TALKS WITH SON ABOUT RACISM AND MORE

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Mashonda Tifrere has watched as her son, Kasseem Dean Jr., has gone from diapers to school attendance. The singer recently gave the 6-year-old a lesson of her own on racism and hate.

Mashonda began with the tough subject of slavery telling Twitter fans, “Last night I made my 1st attempt to explain slavery, racism and black history month to my son. He’s 6, authentically pure without hate. It was a challenge for me because I knew he wouldn’t understand but so is life. I want him to know his roots/history but also to remain open minded and loving. I have faith that he will find the lesson in the stories and grow wisely from them. The way I have. Being a parent is really the most important job in the world. These seeds we plant in our children grow. We must take care of them.”

Tifrere has become even more passionate about positively nourishing the seeds within her son since Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman last year. She took to her blog shortly after the horrific event unfolded telling readers, “I worry for our black men. I worry for our sons. All I can do everyday is pray for my son,¬†and yours. We have to take a stand and make some noise. Tweet about Trayvon everyday, get active and educate yourself. Racism and stereotyping is very much alive.”

Trayvon Martin was followed and subsequently shot to death by self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman while en route home from a nearby market in Florida. The 17-year-old’s death sparked a massive uproar and protests that called for Zimmerman’s arrest and conviction, which is still in the works.

Kasseem Jr., is Mashonda and Swizz Beatz’s only child together.

See throwback pictures of Kasseem Dean Jr. below!

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  1. That’s great. I hope she teaches him his history, completely. A lot of kids, whether their parents teach them or not, just learn that they “were slaves” rather than that they come from enslaved Africans (with their own cultures, values, traditions, etc) who persevered and endured so that we can live and prosper now. Again, good for her.

  2. YES I THINK ITS GREAT THAT SHE IS TEACHING HER SON ABOUT RACISM BECAUSE IT STILL EXISTS. IT’S SAD THOUGH BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT THINK IT DOES NOT EXISTS HOWEVER, IT EXISTS JUST AS MUCH AS IN THE PAST DURING SLAVERY. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE FREE NOW, BUT DEFINATELY STILL HATED ON. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT TO TEACH CHILDREN AND SCHOOLS NEED TO START INCORPORATING MORE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN THEIR CURRICULUM.

  3. I am so glad this black woman is not trying to educate her son and not hide the fact of racism from him. Teaching your child the truth is what will help them survive. Black kids, teens, and adults are dying because they are being lied to. How can you be ashamed of another mans hatred prejudice and unjust treatment of you.

    Why do black people men and women teach their kids to deny that slavery exist? Why do some seem to think that acknowledging it is approving it because whether or not you acknowledge it, they are using it against you.

    I am also more worried that many of these black men and women today do not acknowledge racism. Lets be honest even Trayvons mother is saying she wants her son to be seen as a murdered teen and not murdered because he was black. She said it could have happened to anyone but this is not the case as we see this man targeted only black men and this information came from police files from the calls he made to them regarding men he thought was unfit to walk that neighborhood.

  4. I had the pleasure of attending an all black Christian school during my elementary years. For history, we learned about Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, etc. Lol for music, we learned Negro spirituals and some Christian songs. I had the rest of my life to learn about white America and other cultures. I wish I could find a similar school for my kids!

  5. Good points, this is a tough thing to teach your children. I learned about racism, slavery, and lynching all in the first grade and was terrified of our history for years (shame to admit it).
    I hope justice is served for the killing of Trayvon. You know the court wouldn’t have taken this long if it was someone of a different race and gender

  6. This is very positive! This article has substance. Even though Ms. Tifrere can possibly have her child home school, she has chosen to send him to school where he will be in contact with other nationalities with that comes a lot of hate and racism that he will surely be met with in America. She is doing a great job as a mother, not only because she is African American, but because any mother would warn and tell their children of the evitable and how to deal with it. Great move Ms. Tifrere! You are truly a conscientious young mother who truly loves her son.

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