"Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines sat down with former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho for his YouTube series "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man." The couple brought their five kids along- Crew, 2, Emmie Kay, 10, Duke, 12, Ella Rose, 13 and Drake, 15. In the interview, they discuss the importance of having uncomfortable conversations with their children, Chip saying:
"Our family wants to hear what you have to say and the idea of having an uncomfortable conversation with a black man, honestly, is exactly what we need for this exact time."
Joanna speaks about her past conversations with her kids regarding race, asking Acho about the concept of raising kids "colorblind," to which he responds:
"I think it's best that we raise our kids to see color because there's a beauty in color, and there's a beauty in culture."
Acho continues using a digestible metaphor to describe what may occur with children who grow up without exposure to different colors or cultures:
"I didn't grow up with any dogs, and so, my sister got attacked by a dog when she was younger. So now, as a 29 year old man, I can't decipher between a dog that's a threat and a dog that's just a pet...and I think that...if we don't expose our children to different colors...then it will be the same thing as a white kid who becomes an adult. You won't be able to decipher a black man that is a threat and a black man that is just black."
The conversation continues with Chip acknowledging his blindness to the problems that black people face in American everyday and how Acho's original video announcing this series sparked something inside of him. Acho discusses the long way America has come in its treatment of black people, but also, the long road it has ahead.
As the video wraps up, Chip and Joanna's children have the opportunity to ask Acho their own questions. Drake asks Acho if he has hope for the future. Acho responds with:
"I would say absolutely, but I have hope for the future because of this reason. After I put out my first video, I saw Chip retweet it, and I reached out to [him] and [he] said, 'I brought my entire family of seven together because 30 years ago, I saw the LA riots, and 30 years later, I am seeing these riots. And I will not let that happen again.' So do I have hope for the future? I do because of a man like your dad."
Thank you for allowing us to be part of the conversation Emmanuel. -the Gaines family https://t.co/kq1rWaTpc3— Chip Gaines (@Chip Gaines)1592443178.0
You can catch new episodes of "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" on Acho's YouTube channel.
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