‘Get your hands out of your pockets’ Sheletta explains why she has to teach her kids how to shop to avoid suspicion

'When you go into a store you have to have the item you are buying in one hand you have to have your money in the other hand, because this is where we live."

The Chad Hartman Show
June 18, 2019 - 10:57 am
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A video released over the weekend showing a Phoenix police officer pulling a gun on a black family in car, including two school aged children and a pregnant woman, surprised and shocked many observers—but for some people of color, it was a reminder of a reality that's all too common. 

That's the experience of Sheletta Brundidge, a producer and on-air personality on The Chad Hartman show with 830 WCCO News Talk in Minneapolis. She described to Hartman and reporter Adam Carter how she teachers her children how to shop to avoid suspicion. 

"We got to do drills, Adam. 'Where do you put your hands when you go in the store?' 'By my side' 'Do you ever put your hands in your pockets?' 'No ma'am.' 'Do you ever put your hands in your jacket pockets? ''No ma'am,'" Brundidge said. 

Brundidge, who also hosts the Two Haute Mamas podcast, described one incident in which she nearly panicked when she saw her 12-year-old son Andrew in a store with his hands in his pocket. She ran to him and scolded him.

"Boy, get your hands out of your pockets. What are you doing?," Brundidge recalled telling him. "He was so nervous. He as like,  'Oh mom, I forgot.  I was like, 'When you go into a store you have to have the item you are buying in one hand you have to have your money in the other hand, because this is where we live."

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Hartman told Carter that he feared some listeners would downplay Brundidge's experience. 

"There are too many damn stories, over and over and over again, day after day after day. Sherletta has to live it. I don't live it. You don't live it," Hartman said. 

Carter had a reply for any skeptics: "Let's see how you feel if your four-year-old child or three-year-old child has a gun pulled on him," he said. 

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