I try and keep things literary on this blog, but I must post about Aiyana Jones. In Detroit, a 7-year little girl was killed, set on fire and shot, by the police who raided her home. The show was being filmed by “48-hours.” I can’t help but wonder if being on reality TV made the police more flamboyant, throwing a flash grenade into a home early on a Sunday morning.
The AP story is here, and here’s a blog from a community member.
I was struck by this quote by the Assistant Chief of police: “This is any parent’s worst nightmare. It also is any police officer’s worst nightmare,” Godbee said.
I understand the sentiment of the police’s remark, but I hate the way he implied family’s pain and the officer’s pain are equal. The officer’s worst nightmare is that his own family would be shot or burned.
I was also really struck by this photo of Aiyana Jones. (And let me add that I have a younger cousin with the name.) Look at her, surrounded by Disney Princesses, such a symbol of everything problematic about this culture– the way we think of girls and the way black girls are made to think of themselves.
I don’t have anything else to say. I want to help, but I don’t know how. I don’t know what this family needs that I can provide. None of the articles mentioned a fund to help the family. When I find word of a fund, I will contribute. But at the same time, I understand that my check ain’t nothing but a piece of paper, and paper cannot ease the pain of the loss of a child.