For Republicans, a Homeless 11-Year-Old Black Girl Named Dasani is a "Useless Eater" Who Should Just Die
During his TV segment, Al Sharpton mentioned this heartwrenching piece about a homeless 11-year-old child in New York by the name of Dasani. Her tale of struggle and endurance is both tragic and inspiring. Dasani is a little soldier; Dasani should not have to play such a role in what is ostensibly the world’s “richest” country.
America is rotting from within while the very rich smile and gloat.The 1 percent can buy their kids tree houses that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Dasani has to struggle to maintain her dignity while living in the shadow of squalor.
There are no children in Dasani’s world. The super rich enjoy an extended childhood and adolescence, one that for many never ends because wealth is ultimately an insulation from the consequences of your choices: thus are the fruits of money and privilege.
The NY Times’ story about Dasani and her family is socially responsible and important journalism. The fourth estate should and must do this type of work if it is rehabilitate itself as the watchdog of American democracy. Al Sharpton is to be commended for daring to get close to the truth of how the Republican Party views the working class and the poor as leeches, bums, social parasites, and whose children should be in workhouses or cleaning their schools as janitors.
Yet, The NY Times and Al Sharpton are teasing a harsh reality. Unfortunately, neither are able to state that plain fact for fear of reprisal by the Right-wing noise machine and the corporations which control the American news media. I have no such restrictions.
The Republican Party wants to see 11-year-old children like Dasani and her family die. As viewed by the White Right, they are “untermensch”. The language which Republicans and their media use to describe poor, working class, and unemployed people—in particular those who are black and brown—leads to no other reasonable conclusion.
Leeches and parasites are to be destroyed; this is pest control; human leeches and parasites are to be eliminated with even greater expediency.
Little black girls like Dasani are subjected to a social phenomena known as “adultification”.
Here, they are not allowed the innocence of childhood or to be vulnerable and in need of help and assistance by majority white society. The White Gaze, especially from the Right, has historically seen black folks as children for the purposes of civic inclusion and democracy (see the GOP’s obsession with suggesting that African-Americans are civic children, veritable slaves, on a “Democratic plantation” without agency, as an example). In parallel, black children are seen as adults who can be imprisoned, executed, harassed by police, punished, profiled, expelled, and not allowed their innocence by a criminal justice system or educational system that deems then not allowed the white privilege of youthful error, insecurity, or nurturing.