Why am I posting their faces? Because they posted it on social media.
Because this is an example of “what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet” even if you think it’s “harmless” fun.
Because when black or brown boys and girls get pushed to the ground or shot to death it is often first is assumed “they did something wrong” to deserve being assaulted or killed instead of protecting their identities, protecting their lives.
I am posting this picture because this wasn’t a spelling error.
This is not harmless fun. This is racist. This is unacceptable.
Make no mistake. These aren’t kids. These are women. Young women, yes.
But young women smiling while spelling out a word they have no business using in any form do not get “kid” treatment from me.
Tamir Rice didn’t get kid treatment.
The black teens at the McKinney Pool in Texas didn’t get kid treatment.
The teens of color, twice as likely to be tried in adult criminal courts, were not given kid treatment.