Kelly Rowland Discusses Her Fears Raising a Black Son in the U.S. in Light of Recent Violence

The stunning songstress opened up about her hopes and fears concerning her 18-month-old son Titan in today’s racially tense climate.

Kelly Rowland spoke with People magazine about the unique challenges she is faced with as a parent of an African-American child in the U.S. right now. She discussed how the recent shootings have shaken her, and that although parents bare the vast majority of responsibility when raising a child, it takes a village to give kids the support they need.

“I remember being pregnant with Titan and the moment the doctor said ‘It’s a boy’ and there were all these shootings happening with our young men. I just began to weep,” she told People. “I want to raise a great man with respect for himself and others, and to know who he is and to know what his surroundings look like. I just feel like there’s great responsibility, not just as parents but as a community in raising him.”

Rowland explained that creating positive role models for young men and women is a powerful way to guide kids and help them learn to make good choices, especially when coping with prejudice and injustice.

“I feel like our boys need to see it more,” she said. “If our athletes and our actors and our executives speak up then they can see themselves and they can hear their stories and they can feel like ‘I’m closer to what he’s doing or I can do what he’s doing.'”