Deaths Shape How Black Parents Navigate “The Talk”

Erlanger Turner, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Pepperdine University.

Helen Neville, PhD, professor of psychology and African American studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jamila Perritt, MD, parent.

Marques Jackson, software test engineer, parent.

Eric Atkins, assistant men’s basketball coach, Howard University.

Jamie Howard, PhD, senior clinical psychologist, anxiety disorders center, Child Mind Institute.

Statista: “Number of people shot to death by the police in the United States from 2017 to 2020, by race.”


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race-ethnicity, and sex.”

News release, American Psychological Association.

News release, Child Mind Institute.


Los Angeles Times: “Getting Killed by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in America.”