Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected

27.10.2015 - by Monique

So I come home after work and do my usual routine, I kind of unreel myself by checking my emails, read my Facebook feed, and browse my Instagram account. I came across this study that Columbia University is leading. All I had to see was BLACK GIRLS MATTER…and click! I’m reading. Instantly they introduce actual instances of punitive punishment and poor treatment of young black girls. The 6 year old who got arrested for…. Lets stop right there. I have a little girl who is soon to be 6. That doll face little girl of mine couldn’t handle such an event. I can see that being traumatic and leaving a permanent deep wound that she would carry through her journey called life. As a mother I would ache every day mourning the dignity they stole from her, the dignity that she didn’t even know she had yet.

What do we do? How do we really prepare our kids for events like this? How do we let the rest of the United States know we are tired?

I’ve had these conversations countless times with friends, family, and strangers.

One thing many agreed with is that we have open dialog with our children. I have always been open with my daughters about life period. I never wanted them to be in the dark and be taught the lies that society tells so well. From documentaries to current events we talk about it and I’m as honest as I can be.

 

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