Protecting Black Daughters

Maia Niguel Hoskin, Ph. D., writing for Zora on how she thinks and acts about protecting her Black daughter. That she has to do this at all is appalling beyond belief.

When most women find out that they’re pregnant, worrying about their daughter going to a racist daycare, going missing, or being brutalized or harmed by law enforcement is likely the last thing on their minds. But it needs to be. Outside of the Aurora incident, it’s useful to consider a few others. There’s the 11-year-old middle school girl who was body-slammed for taking one too many cartons of milk from the school cafeteria during lunch. And the 15-year-old high schooler who was grabbed by the neck and then thrown to the ground by school police and the 14-year-old Black teenager who was punched repeatedly and pinned to the ground by police. Even worse, the heart-wrenching story of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a seven-year-old girl who was shot and killed while sleeping on the couch when police raided the wrong apartment.

Niguel Hostin, Maia. (2020, August 6). A Checklist for Keeping Your Black Daughter Safe. Zora

This should make you furious. No woman – no parent – should ever have to think about these things. That they do shouts volumes about just how broken our country is in so many ways.

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