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Intelligogy The Podcast Season 2, Episode 4 (Part 2): This Is Our Every Day – featuring Traci’s family

Intelligogy The Podcast Season 2, Episode 4 (Part 2): This Is Our Every Day – featuring Traci’s family

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Traci is joined by her family in this powerful episode of Intelligogy The Podcast. She invites us into her home once again to help us understand the secret code of rules by which black families must abide in a world that sees them through a prejudiced lens.

Traci is married and has two sons. You will be moved and saddened to hear her husband and sons share their stories of the impact of racism on their lives. Her husband explains what he must teach his sons to keep them safe as they go into the world. Keep your hands out of our pockets, don’t wear the hood of your hoodie on your head, are only the beginning of the rules they must follow.

Traci's family.
Traci’s family.

While in shelter in place during COVID-19, Traci’s 14 year old son asked if he could run in the neighborhood to continue to stay fit.

Traci’s response was, “Baby, you can’t run.”

Her son asked why. She reminded him of Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed while walking home from a convenience store. It is important to note that Trayvon was a black 17 year old male who was wearing a hoodie with the hood on his head.

Still not quite content with her answer, he continued to ask regularly over the course of two weeks if he could run. Traci’s answer remained the same.

While watching the news one day, Traci began to see reports come across on the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. She called her son to listen and watch.

Ahmaud was running in his own neighborhood when he was brutally and senselessly murdered by vigilantes.

You will hear her youngest son say, “Again?,” in response to the news of more violence against blacks. “Disgusted at the world. These weren’t cops who did it, just regular people. I can’t even think of what they were thinking. The fact that he was just going through his neighborhood and he was gunned down, I just can’t react to that.”

Her oldest son shares a painful story of being accused of unthinkable things – while he was playing a football game. You will find this story impossible to comprehend.

They share their stories to help you understand the racism that you don’t see if you are not in their skin in order to bring awareness and encourage conversation and change.


Fausset, Richard. “What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery.” The New York Times. 4 June 2020.

Howdy, Edufriends! I am a lover of people and relationships. I’ve been teaching for more than 16 years. My happy places have been reading specialist, instructional coach, mentor, and a 3rd grade and Kindergarten teacher. My classroom is a live learning lab hosting student teachers, teachers who want to learn how to have more engagement in their classrooms, and administrators for other schools often pop in. I am most passionate about igniting the spark in adults and helping children believe in themselves. Perhaps oddly interesting, I have a unique love for animals that includes previously having owned a boa constrictor and having shown pure-bred wolves at wolf shows. I should have said unique love for exotic animals!

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