On Friday afternoon, several children were spotted marching through a Seattle neighborhood chanting “Black Lives Matter” while holding handmade posters.
The posters promoted their popcorn and lemonade stand, which was being used to raise donations for the National Urban League, an organization that “enables African Americans and other underserved urban residents to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.”
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The family that ran both the popcorn stand and march is the Carr family, a family of six with four adopted children.
Neil Carr explained to Daily Hive that although his children are young, they celebrate that they are different colors.
“For us and our kids, when we say BLM, we are going after the bigger picture — there are many challenges and inequities that face POCs. Our kids know that there are lots of colors out there and that sometimes people treat those with dark skin in mean ways, which is not nice. That’s why Black Lives Matter.”
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Carr and his wife started the popcorn stand with their kids as a way to begin educating them about race and how they could help make a difference.
“[The kids] know that the money will be going to help with educational opportunities for POCs, but their understanding is limited.”
He mentioned that he wants to see changes for the sake of his kids and his community.
“Our kids are too young to understand the complexity, but it’s up to us as parents to help kids understand many complicated, and at times ugly, things in life,” he said. “We have to teach them to see the ugliness, but not meet it with more ugliness. We want to teach them to bring understanding, hope, peace and change… They are learning!”
Carr currently works at Amazon, which is matching employee donations up to $10,000 until July 6.
Those looking to donate on to Carr’s Amazon fund/popcorn stand can do so online.