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6-Year-Old Gets Kicked Out Of Daycare For Wearing A 'Black Lives Matter' T-Shirt

6-Year-Old Gets Kicked Out Of Daycare For Wearing A 'Black Lives Matter' T-Shirt

Deval Brockman's daughter was told not to come back to daycare because her Black Lives Matter t-shirt was "racist and political."

In light of the ongoing protests against systemic racism, folks across the country, no matter their age, gender, race, class, or any other label, are showing their support in different ways. Clothing has become an easy way to raise awareness and keep the movement relevant. In shocking news, a Black six-year-old in Arkansas was told she could not attend daycare anymore as she was wearing a "Black Lives Matter" t-shirt, her mother claims.

Deval Brockman claims her daughter Journei was barred from returning to His Kids Learning Center in Russellville, Arkansas, last week, New York Daily News reports. The family was later informed that she could attend daycare via phone call—but would not be allowed to wear the t-shirt. The incident has caused quite a stir online.

 



 

The managers of the Christian daycare center claimed that they did not "agree with" the "racist and political" t-shirt. Journei had been attending the daycare for six months. The t-shirt in question read, "All lives can't matter until Black lives matter."

When Brockman first received the complaint, she sent her daughter to daycare with another shirt with a fist printed on it. The symbol is often used by Black activists and anti-racism movements. The mother was not ready to let the matter go unaddressed, therefore, she contacted state officials who let her know that the six-year-old could wear the t-shirt as long as it did not contain any profanity, which was already the case.

 



 

The daycare claimed that the t-shirt was teaching Journei's fellow classmates that "there's race." In response, Brockman stated, "They kept saying, ‘It’s racist. You’re teaching your kid there’s color.' Well, there is color. If they can’t see that, they’ll never understand. But it’s something they need to know."

Needless to say, the mother was quite frustrated by the situation. "I was really upset, it’s a t-shirt!" She exclaimed. "There’s no profanity. It’s just stating the truth, stating facts." However, it wasn't just the mom who was upset. The young girl, too, was distressed by the situation.

 



 

Her mom shared in an interview with KARK News 4, "She asked me Friday, ‘Can I go back?’ No, you can never go back." She added, "She got really upset and started crying that she couldn’t see her friends and teachers anymore. I had to tell her she didn’t do anything wrong."

Though the daycare was firm in their stance, Brockman was not ready to stand down. "If I’m supporting something, I’m going to wear it," she affirmed. "My child is going to wear it, to help say that our voice needs to be heard. It’s not political, it’s everyday life, It’s all over the news. Right is right and wrong is wrong. If you’re going to a Christian -ed daycare, let’s abide by the Bible then." Brockman plans to continue teaching her daughter about equality.

 



 

The school, on the other hand, is not willing to change their ways. They announced in a statement: "Due to the threat of allegations and under the advisement of the council, His Kids Learning Center will only be releasing this written statement concerning The Brockmans. We feel a childcare environment is not a place for a parent’s political views to be addressed or played out, regardless of race."

Perhaps it would do the daycare good to understand that the personal is political. If a child is subject to discrimination because of her race, it's important for the daycare to set an example and do their part to dismantle the system of injustice.

 



 

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