With all the protests going on around the world for #GeorgeFloyd, unarmed black man killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (& the countless other black people who have lost their lives at the hands of untrained, racist police officers), I saw this picture on Facebook and it really made me think.
Little Teyton is only three years old and he is just the cutest little guy, but the sign he’s holding during a protest in Sandusky, OH speaks volumes! At what age do people really stop looking at black boys as “cute” and start seeing them as a threat??
I asked a few people in my small circle, and most of the answers were between 9-12. At nine years old, most boys are interested in playing video games, a lot of times they aren’t even into girls yet. How can they really be considered a threat… better yet, WHY are they considered a threat?
Is it their dark skin, their size or is it their potential, their ability, their strength?
But that didn’t stop the police from killing innocent Tamir Rice, a 12 year-old black boy who was killed while carrying a replica TOY airsoft gun. Why does it seem like the police are so afraid of black men, when they are the ones carrying a baton, pepper spray, a taser and a gun? Why aren’t they better trained to deal with people of color? It’s so unfair we have to teach our children at such a young age to basically be fearful of the police, because they can and will kill you if they feel “intimidated.”
Please weigh in below… When do black boys stop being cute & become a threat?