By now, I’m sure we’re all aware of the events at Spring Valley High, where a police officer decided that a reasonable reaction to a 16-year-old girl being well…a 16-year-old girl was to drag her out of her chair and throw her across the room. Most of the world was outraged, but naturally there were many people who thought that the officers’ actions were perfectly justified. That would include the teacher, the administrator, and Raven-Symonè, among others.
And now, although they may not necessarily agree with Officer Fields' actions, plenty of students (black and white, boys and girls alike) don’t feel that he should’ve been fired, and want him back at work. The students staged a walk-out last week, some sporting #BringBackFields t-shirts.
I’m just going to be honest here: as a black woman, I'm not very happy about this. We’re the first ones to speak up when others are brutalized by police officers (or anyone else), but where is that same level of outrage when it's us being dehumanized and mistreated? Black women have been making this point for a long time now, and finally it’s something that’s starting to be discussed among a wider, more diverse audience. These kids certainly have a right to speak up for what they believe in--and they should--but it’s a shame that it’s at the expense of the poor child that was brutalized in front of the entire world.The below screenshot is a comment that I found on Tumblr that someone has posted with this article. He didn't pull any punches, and what he said hit pretty hard. Because...damn.
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Do you agree with his comment? Or do you think his criticism of black men and how they treat black women is too harsh?