AceShowbiz - The death of George Floyd is prompting Nick Cannon to have a conversation with his children about their views on police officers. Apparently, his twins, whom he shares with ex Mariah Carey, get a sense of fear from the "energy" of law enforcement officers.
"I say this in all sincerity, and I even got some push back for this. I made a statement that my children fear police. And it's a real statement," Nick told Access Hollywood on Thursday, June 4. "I didn't say, 'You should be.' I try to teach fearlessness."
He went on saying, "I try to teach, 'You have a power within you that you need to fear nothing.' But when they see the energy of law enforcement. When 'Uh oh, here comes the police' or that mindset of, 'Sit up straight and don't talk, keep your hands where they can see them.' " Referring to his son Golden by ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell, Nick added, "These are things that I'm talking to a three-year-old about (and) nine-year-olds about; they bring those questions to me."
During the interview, "The Masked Singer" host talked about the big changes in the current generation of law enforcement. "I remember when I was growing up there was an idea that one wanted to be a police officer. 'Oh man, I want to help and protect and serve people.' But now this generation has definitely changed to where they perpetuate fear," he shared. "And it's hurtful to have those conversations with your children, but you want to protect them at the end of the day."
Nick also said that having the "stay alive talk" between parents and their kids when it comes to dealing with police officers had been "part of our culture." He added, "My parents had the conversation with me. I've never called the police in my life, because our family was afraid to call the police."
"And that was from a child growing up seeing 'Uh oh the police showed up.' It wasn't about safety. It was like, 'Somebody's in trouble. Someone's going to go to jail because the police were called.' When we'd see the police in our neighborhood, it's never been a good experience. And that's why I say we've got to rethink and reconstruct what law enforcement is. Specifically in our communities. Law enforcement should be from the community," he concluded.