Why don’t Black children get the same benefit of the doubt that white children receive? Why are Black children adultified while white children are infantilized? Why are people so quick to take action when the offender is a Black child, but less likely to move to action when the harm is being caused by a white child?
These are just some of the questions I am looking for answers to in my latest piece for theGrio, Black children are not safe in a world ruled by white supremacy.
In this piece, I discuss the examples of Bobbi Wilson, the 9-year-old girl who had the police called on her by a neighbor who knew her because she was spraying a homemade concoction on trees to stop the infestation of an insect that is harmful to the trees.
I also talk about Kylah Spring, the University of Kentucky freshman who is employed on campus as a desk clerk in one of the dormitories and became the subject of a now-viral video in which a drunk white student by the name of Sophia Rosing attempted to physically attack her while calling her a “nigger” over and over again.
Finally, I discuss Autumn Roberson-Manahan is a 17-year-old senior at Slaton High School in Slaton, Texas, who complained for months that non-Black students were targeting her with racial slurs. The administration did not intervene until Autumn took matters into her own hands and handled the little jackass herself. Suddenly the school cared—except it was Autumn who faced punishment and not the other student.
These are just some examples, but there are many more.
Read the piece and let me know what you think in the comments.