Ayesha Curry, cookbook author, celebrity chef, and wife of NBA player Steph Curry has explained why she decided to take their eldest child, 8-year-old daughter Riley, to a Black Lives Matter protest last month.
Curry shared images of the protest on her social media pages and received a mixed reaction from her followers. But she says the lesson was an important one.
“I think we protested seven miles that day, so we knew [5-year-old daughter] Ryan wasn’t going to make it for the walk,” she told SELF magazine. “But with our oldest, we felt like it was time. I mean, even if it wasn’t time, it was time, you know what I mean? And we felt like the best way to explain everything to her was for her to see it and understand it and hear it firsthand. So we brought her with us.
“She totally got it, she internalized it, and then was able to ask us the questions that she wanted to ask without being fearful of asking them,” she explained. “I feel like that’s been how we see change happening — because the children are our future, and I feel like if we’re verbally and physically instilling in them the change we wish to see, that’s the best way to get it going. So not really sugarcoating no matter how young the kids are — not sugarcoating what’s going on, really tackling it head-on, face-first — has been what’s worked for us.”
“And of course we wore masks!” she added. “I am petrified. You know, our son [2-year-old Canon] has really bad asthma, and it’s been very important to us to make sure we’re masked up, we’re home as much as possible, we’re limiting the people that we see, and we’re taking all of the precautions.”