As you have likely heard, on this past Saturday a 4-year-old boy fell into the gorilla habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo. A gut-wrenching decision was made by the zoo to shoot and kill the gorilla to protect the boy and rescue him from the habitat.
The fallout over the incident has taken a decidedly racist turn as the public has now discovered that the boy and his parents are black.
Laura Collins, in Cincinnati writing for the Daily Mail, published an absolutely despicable piece on the young boy’s parents, including every detail of his father’s criminal history.
The actual lede and headline for her piece was all about how the young boy’s father, Deonne Dickerson, had committed crimes before.
I feel like what is really needed here is a collage of Obama's face in that gif.
As though it wasn't bad enough that everyone under the sun is blaming the kid's mom for the death of the gorilla, because why isn't she a supermom with super "my kid's about to get himself killed again" senses, people need to find a way to blame the dad because he's black, even though he wasn't there and the fuck does anyone's criminal history have to do with a kid really wanting to meet a gorilla?
As Mr. Shaun King rightly points out, every one of the many stories of kids getting mauled by zoo animals for climbing into the enclosure that didn't involve a kid with a black parent mentions nothing of the criminal records of the white parents, nor do they even name them.
Hey Daily Mail. Why the FUCK are you so terrible? Can you please flush yourself down the toilet? Thanks.