{The Hell No Files} The Lesson The Word ‘Nigger’ Taught Jessica Bennet

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There are few things in the world that could enrage me enough to  want to openly slap another adult  but any   violence toward  my children will definitely get you ‘dealt’ with. I can remember growing up my mother always telling us to make sure no adult EVER ‘put their hands on us’–that was her job. She made sure we behaved and with that promise, she’d do whatever it took to protect us.  So when I had my own kids, as soon as I held each one of my babies, I immediately knew I’d do EVERYTHING in my power to protect my them. Sometimes it has  meant I have to go to the school to address a bully or be the ‘watchdog’ parent on the neighborhood playground to protect my babies against potential bullies. So imagine my disdain when I read online that a grown man racist pig slapped a toddler on a Delta plane as the plane descended upon Atlanta AND called the precious child a NIGGER.

 

Yes, you read it right. , Joe Rickey Hundley( AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group a former executive) slapped a baby. In a public place. While the child’s mother was seated next to him.  To add insult to injury, Mr. Hundley used a derogatory term to  refer to the baby . I just knew at that moment that when  the passengers realized what happened, the entire plane proceeded to ‘beat his ass’.

Nope. But according to Yahoo News, several passengers including one passenger in particularly , Todd Wooten, made it a point to stop this fool and intervened to stop this racist attack. As I continued to read the article , all I could think was HELL NO! Luckily Hundley wasn’t given a ‘slap on the risk’ but was charged with a federal crime AND lost his job.

Maybe justice will be served for Baby Bennett. 

After days of reading various articles across the internet, I finally got to meet Mrs. Bennett and that precious son of hers. To my surprise I found out that Mrs. Bennett is Caucasian and her son is adopted. While this detail did not change the facts, it gave this horrendous story another interesting twist.  Now despite being of another color, Jessica now knows the weight of raising a child of color.

This weight is not physical but rather mental-especially for parents of African American boys. Everyday we parents face the realization that many times our sons are viewed as criminals without ever committing a crime. Our children are killed, harassed and made out to being criminals, many times  without any evidence.  We wonder if they’re going to end up like Trayvon Martin or Jordan Davis, two teens killed by men using Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. We wonder if they’ll be stopped by police and frisked no crime other than people young an black such as in New York City. Even worse they’ll be likened to the bafoons such as Lil Wayne who fill our popular music with songs about  ‘big booties’ and ‘mollies’.  Faced with these grim realizations of race and our society, we parents HAVE  teach our sons (and daughters) lessons about race and stereotypes early on.

However, sometimes (like in Mrs. Bennett’s case) these lessons are ‘up close and personal’.

As an African American parent I’ve been where Jessica Bennett (and countless other parents of color) have been. Just last year in a Titusville,  Florida Wal-Mart, some teenage girls thought it was cute to flippantly say I had a “cute nigger baby”. Of course they didn’t think I’d hear them so they ran. But of course I  confronted them and they wouldn’t even acknowledge the HATE that spewed from their mouth. I wanted to choke slam them. I wanted to slap the ‘taste’ out of their mouths but instead I needed to make them feel as little  as they thought they were going to make my son feel. So I ever so eloquently let them know that no my children weren’t niggers but they were something worse than an ignorant person. They were uncouthed.  By the time I got finished with them, they RAN out of that store but that moment will stay with me FOREVER.

Just like Jessica Bennett who now (even though she’s not a person of color)has this lesson about race embedded in her brain–forever.  It doesn’t matter if Mr. Hundley pleads guilty or if the airline decides to compensate her with money, Mrs. Bennett is forever scarred. . Just like Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, and Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis know–this is a rough world to raise a child of color.

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Written by BossyGirl1980

Here I am 32 and accidentally a mother of three, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed “runnergirl”. Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .

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About BossyGirl1980

Here I am 32 and accidentally a mother of three, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed "runnergirl". Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .
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