‘Representation matters': Lynchburg moms talk about raising Black children in current racial climate

Each mom discusses her own challenges when it comes to her children

LYNCHBURG, Va. – On a hot summer day, three mothers had a candid conversation about race.

“Suddenly it looks [like] there was some kind of awakening. They were becoming some kind of woke,” said Amy Corbett, a mother of two adopted children, in reaction to the protests seen across the country.

Far from the outrage seen in cities from coast to coast, their own reality is disheartening too, dealing with the everyday challenges of raising Black children in Central Virginia.

“I logged on to Amazon.com and the words Black Lives Matter were on my screen and I just started crying because to me, I honestly felt like it was easy for everybody to just start saying this all of the sudden. That those words were like ‘Yeah, this is a cause I’m going to get behind now,” said Corbett. “But those words have caused so much in our lives as a family. I could have never uttered those words in my previous circles.”

Amy Corbett, Nicole Rule and Brittany Smith live in Lynchburg and know each other.

10 News reporter Magdala Louissaint sat down at Miller Park with the three moms to talk about what it’s been like to parent in the current racial climate.

“We aren’t Black. We don’t have the experience to hand him of being Black and the way that we have looked at it, Mark and I have put ourselves in the positions of being learners,” Corbett said. “So, we have children’s books about the shades of us. So, we would talk about different cultures and different ethnicities.”

The Corbetts are unique.