Recently, Greg Jones, President of Dane County NAACP, Pastor Harold Rayford, President of the African American Council of Churches, and Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County came together to make a public service announcement (PSA). The brief video encourages parents to talk to their children about their feelings regarding the impending District Attorney decision and current events in Madison related to the death of Tony Robinson. In their PSA, they ask parents to help their children understand the long-term effects an arrest has on their lives and futures. They remind young people to participate in the dialogue, have meaningful conversations, and share their fears and concerns with responsible adults. They also encourage those who wish to protest, to do so peacefully, respectfully, and without getting in trouble.
I wholeheartedly agree with their PSA message and I thank them for their leadership. In this difficult time for our community, it is essential that we keep our youth talking about these issues in a meaningful way and provide a safe environment for them to share their feelings. It is also essential that our young people demonstrate their feelings without receiving citations or arrests that will follow them into their bright futures.
We can, and should, be their role models.