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Like any other parent, I can vividly remember the first moments I laid eyes on my babies — at their sweet faces and caps of curly black hair, at their small, delicate bodies and their varying amounts of melanin. Being their mother, I loved them instantly.
But I knew that soon enough they would be exposed to others whose feelings would range from indifference to animosity, so we tried to prepare them for that harsh fact of life. The incident happened hours after a jury declared former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges resulting from his reckless and malevolent conduct against George Floyd, a suspect he pinned to the ground by the neck for nearly 10 minutes straight.
She died at the scene. Why is she now another deceased young person and hashtag instead of calmed, questioned or taken into custody, as white mass killers and combative white suspects often manage to be? Even worse: Why are so many people who should have been protecting and guiding this young girl apparently silent bystanders to her eventual demise?
How is she any different from another Ohio child, Tamir Rice, who years earlier was playing in a park with a toy gun when he was killed by a police officer who shot first instead of asking questions? Yes, she was in foster care with two living parents — that in itself is a dilemma and column for another day.
Yes, she had disabilities. But how many adults were on the side of this targeted and traumatized teenager? Why are our children, particularly our Black girls, always expected to know it all, have it all together, behave perfectly or suffer the most damning of consequences?
Lorrie Irby Jackson is a Briefing columnist. her at motherofcolor gmail. Lorrie Irby Jackson. Editorial and commentary from op-ed columnists, the editorial board and contributing writers from The Dallas Morning Newsdelivered three days a week. Stand with us in our mission to discover and uncover the story of North Texas. More from Home.
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