It Sucks to be a Black Kid in America
Ezinne Ukoha

The viscous tone of the responses to this story surprised me, especially the backlash against the parents. The charges of negligence and the liability ultimately falls on the shoulders of the Zoo. Those caterwauling about the inattentiveness of the parents have perhaps forgotten that there is no such thing as a perfect human being. We become tired, we allow the events of the day to influence us and we become- yes, distracted. Did the mother make a mistake? Yes. Was it regrettable? Yes. Does that mean we have to treat her like a war criminal? No.

If you’re one of those people out there saying ‘I’d never take my eyes of my kids, not even for a second’ — well, you have the luxury to keep believing you’re right, until the day it happens to you. I’d say the reaction has been borne out of smug hypocrisy but I don’t think the race element is as much of a factor as the author presumes. At least, I’d hope that was the case.

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