It's going to be hard to raise our baby in this country.
5 YEARS LATER
Emmett where are your parents? They need to pick you up.
They are working until late.
A story told from the point of view of an African American about growing up in the United States and the injustice that comes with it.
I wish my parents could spend the weekend with me instead of working.
Hi my name is Emmett and it all started when I was born in 1998. My mother, a nurse, was so happy when she brought me home and my dad, a construction worker, was a little nervous about raising me.
Son, growing up as Black man in this country is not easy, you have to be careful.
Dad I am scared.
When I turned 5, I was excited to start school to make new friends and learn new things. A lot of my friends got picked up from school, but I had to walk home because my parents had to work a lot to take care of us.
Oh no, I just hurt my back!
I have to get back to work, I need to pay the bills as soon as possible.
A lot of my friends go out with their families on the weekend but I wasn’t able to go out much since my parents were always working. Instead I stayed inside and watched movies until they came home.
5 YEARS LATER
My dad talked to me about the dangers of being a Black man. He explained to me that I wasn’t allowed to do the same activities as my friends, such as play cops and robbers and play with toy guns.
1 WEEK LATER
My dad was always working very hard. One day at work my dad got a very bad injury, but still had to go to work to make money for our family.