Jourdan Dunn says she worries the world will break son Riley's 'kind spirit'

'Your innocence has been shaken': Jourdan Dunn says she worries the world will break son Riley's 'kind spirit' due to 'cases of injustice against black people' in emotional open letter

By Charlotte Dean For Mailonline

Published: 00:02 BST, 1 October 2020 | Updated: 00:02 BST, 1 October 2020

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Jourdan Dunn has shared her concerns for her son Riley's future in an emotional letter following 'cases of injustice and brutality against black people'.

The model, 30, admitted that her son's innocence has been 'shaken' and she feels helpless trying to comfort him while she also feels 'afraid' following recent events. 

In the letter, which was penned for the November issue of Harper's Bazaar, she encouraged her son to be a 'joyful black boy', in a world determined to paint him differently.

Candid: Jourdan Dunn has shared her concerns for her son Riley's future in an emotional letter following 'cases of injustice and brutality against black people'

Candid: Jourdan Dunn has shared her concerns for her son Riley's future in an emotional letter following 'cases of injustice and brutality against black people'

An extract from the letter, read: 'My love for you runs so deep. It's my mission to instil you with the greatest examples of affection, nurture and care. 

'But I worry that this world will break your kind and loving spirit. Your innocence has been shaken by the recent cases of injustice and brutality against black people.

'At times, I've felt helpless finding the right way to comfort you while I myself am in pain – afraid, hurt and angry. Like me, occasionally you will lose faith in humanity, but it will be restored again and again.

'You owe people nothing – but you do owe it to yourself to be happy and carefree and set this world on fire. Be a joyful black boy in a society that wants to portray you in a different light. 

Sharing: The model, 30, admitted that her son's innocence has been 'shaken' and she feels helpless trying to comfort him while she also feels 'afraid' following recent events

Sharing: The model, 30, admitted that her son's innocence has been 'shaken' and she feels helpless trying to comfort him while she also feels 'afraid' following recent events

'Some will want to label you because of misperceptions based on racial hate and pettiness, but only you can own your narrative, only you

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