Why Was Bullying Never an Issue When It Was Happening to Black Kids?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

Holding its first ever anti-bullying conference last week, we found theWhite House quite concerned with bullying as a public health issue.  Without doubt, the initiative is impressive – far too many children are left with nowhere to turn when cats with bad intentions follow them home, either to incessantly poke fun or to swipe their lunch money … or worse. Most of us will agree that it’s about time adults got involved.

I recall being chased by an older kid on my way home from kindergarten every day.  The boy was eight years old which made him appear massive in the eyes of frightened five-year old. Back then, thePresident of the United States wasn’t going to protect you, you had to protect yourself. So, I did what any reasonable five-year old might consider doing in that situation:  I put a brick upside his head.  Needless to say, the bullying problem ended right then, for I had personally reclaimed domination over that relationship.

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2 responses to “Why Was Bullying Never an Issue When It Was Happening to Black Kids?

  1. AntBee

    Dr. Watkins,

    Once again you come up with some silly topic for discussion.

    No matter what race/color the children are bullying should not be tolerated!

    Why do you always push everything into a racial matter?

    Of all the important issues that we need to be talking about, you bring this petty crap to the people!

    Please stop with your apparent hatred of the President as well.

    Damn! Some of you so called commentators will do anything to get yourself on a news show~ Stop using BLACK FOLKS as a pawn to do that.

    Thank you.

  2. Shahid Raki

    It’s not the bus, it’s us. Our children don’t count when there are things such as this that happen. We get recognitiion when we do something wrong. Our children have to something exceptional and above the norm before they get some worthwhile recognition or acknowledgement. They are simply normal children, growing up, and trying to learn how to best deal with all of lifes various situations.

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