Father’s Day: June 18, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

Happy Father’s Day! I hope you got to eat your favorite breakfast foods in bed and got some new ties. (What does the Vice President get for Father’s Day? It’s not like you need grilling accessories or a lawnmower or whatever.)

You know who can’t wish her step-dad a happy Father’s Day? Dae’anna, daughter of Philando Castile’s partner. Because Castile, pulled over for a minor traffic violation, was murdered in front of her after he voluntarily told the cop he had a legally owned gun. 

We are so privileged as parents, you and I. Neither of us sends our children off and has any real worry they’ll be shot by a cop for being Black. Similarly, neither of us worries about leaving our kids without a parent because we were the wrong color during a traffic stop. 

Something to ponder during today’s celebration.

D

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