One-Year-Old Black Child Suffers Abuse For His Skin Colour As He Was Kicked At A Grocery Store By A 31-Year-Old Man
Children are often victims of abuse and neglect, and this menace can be put to an end if we first understand how deep this vile act has eaten into our society.
What do the facts say?
Every year, over 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies for children who have been neglected or abused.
Research has it that in 2014, over 1,500 children between ages four and five die as a result of abuse or neglect.
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The United States has one of the worst records, losing four to seven children every day to child abuse.
Usually, children who suffer from abuse have often been exposed to domestic violence, parental divorce or separation. Kids who live in such conditions are likely end up with traumatic childhood experiences.
A mother, Lashantai Whitaker, and her toddler were at a Kansas Supermarket in Wichita on Sunday shopping when a 31-year old man, Riff Trace, snuck up behind the toddler and kicked him in his back. The baby fell to the ground and the man started yelling obscenities and racial slurs.
Through investigation, it was revealed that Whitaker was busy shopping when she heard the sudden thud on the floor and found out her one-year-old had just been kicked.
“What grown person, I mean, even if you do have that much hate for someone,…I mean, why would you attack a baby?”
As reported by KWCH, the Wichita Police department arrested Trace for battery motivated by racial bias and for resisting arrest.
However, for reasons unknown, Trace was released and is no longer listed on the Sedgwick County Jail's inmate roster.
How to deal with racism
When a child or a young person suffers because of racism, discrimination or bullying, they can feel angry, isolated and powerless.
There are a few ways to deal with racism before it happens so it can be handled well if it happens:
1. If racism occurs, be assertive and challenge such behavior;
2. Encourage and value diversity and foster a sense of cultural pride;
3. Lead by example: Don’t make racist comments or jokes about other cultures or backgrounds;
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4. Display zero tolerance for racist behavior. This will encourage your child to develop the right attitudes, a strong sense of self and positive esteem;
5. Any kid threatened or assaulted at school should be reported to the police without hesitation; however, don’t threaten, intimidate or verbally abuse the bully;
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No one should have to be a victim of abuse because of their skin color. Nevertheless, we all have a role to play in ensuring this vile act is stopped. It starts from knowing the vital signs of abuse and reporting it to the appropriate authorities.