A 6 year old girl in Arkansas, Journei Brockman attending His Kids Preschool had been there for 6 months before being asked to leave last week. The offense was for wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt. The first time it occurred, her mother Deval Brockman was called by an employee saying they didn’t like the shirt and that she shouldn’t wear it again. Determined not to let a teacher tell her how to express herself over civil rights issues, her daughter returned last week with a shirt that had a black power fist emblazoned across it. Brockman was told not to bring her child back when she picked her up that evening.
It was at this point the school’s director called her saying the shirt encouraged racism, adding “I am not going to tell you how to raise your child, but you need to reevaluate how you’re parenting her.” A complaint about the incident with the school Director Patricia Brown telling Fox16 “We feel a childcare environment is not a place for a parent’s political views to be addressed or played out, regardless of race.” Brockman responded saying, “If I’m supporting something, I’m going to wear it, my child is going to wear it, to help say that our voice needs to be heard.”
This reminds me of a Facebook thread where a woman asked advice from the community on how to deal with a neighbor saying racist things to her child, and while everyone gave deep, thoughtful responses, my favorite was one saying, “beat her up.” Not that I recommend such, but sometimes the best answers are the shortest. That’s my initial reaction hearing this, although I would advise not to do so. At the end of the day, this entire movement is asking police to stop killing us. It isn’t hard to comprehend. And while I attended schools that had strict dress codes over shirt messages etc., just because something is a rule does it mean it’s right or should be. A Black Lives Matter shirt doesn’t cause anyone harm and should be allowed. And I am certainly hoping that the mother decides to pursue legal action over this.