Black Child Racially Mocked Over the Internet
by Simon on October 17, 2015 - 6:47pm
The article entitled ''White Man Posts Racist Selfie With a Black 3-Year-Old - Here's How His Family Fought Back'', was written by Natasha Noman, on News.Mic on Octover 06, 2015. In this article, Natasha Nowman explains how Caiden, a 3-year-old, was racially insulted because of his skin colour. This all began when Gerod Roth, also known as Geris Hilton, posted a picture of himself alongside his co-worker's son, Caiden, on facebook. Friends of Gerod started to comment racial remarks on the picture. Things like: ''I didn't know you were a slave owner'', ''Send him back dude, those fuckers are expensive. Like 25 cents a day''. Gerod Roth himself took part in these racist comments. When asked where the hell he got a black kid, Gerod answered: ''He was feral.'' As a response to those racist comments, Sydney Jade, Caiden's mother, started the hashtag #HisNameIsCaiden, and many people followed her and posted comments on facebook with the same hashtag to denounce racism and slave owner allegations. Nowman goes on to relate that after learning about this story, the firm where both Gerod and Sydney Jade worked decided to sack him. The firm posted on facebook, and made it clear that there was no tolerance for racism or exploitation of young children. Many people reacted gratefully to the firm's decision on facebook. Following his sack, Gerod Roth went on social networks to express his desolation of what happened, and explained that his comments were taken out of context. He also claimed that both Caiden and himself were the victoms in this affair.
First of all, I would like to point out that this kind of racial comments are rather frequent in our society. I myself, have witnessed or even been part of many comments of this kind in my childhood. I have had the chance to evolve in a very multicultural environment, and despite that, these kind of racial comments were still used by myself and people around me towards other people of different cutural backgrounds. While I can assure that these were only jokes and not meant to hurt someone's feelings, I still believe that these racial comments do hurt people's feelings. They have no place in our society. I find it quite sad that Gerod's friends, who are adults, don't realize the magnitude of their actions or comments. I can barely understand what went throght these people's minds when they decided to post such idiotic remarks, and can only hope that they just wanted to make jokes. Nonetheless, they sureley learnt their lesson when Gerod and another people who commented the picture with racial comments got sacked from their job. Like we saw in class, children learn about racism as a very young age. Jane Elliot's experiment clearly shows that children reproduce and integrate how people around them treat with racism. That is why children must be taught that racism has no place in our societey at a very young age. I am happy with the firm's decision to sack Gerod, because it sends a positive message to everyone, and mostly Caiden himself, that racism is unnaceptable.
Nowman, A. (2015) White Man Posts Racist Selfie With a Black 3-Year-Old - Here's How His Family Fought Back. News.Mic, http://mic.com/articles/126353/white-man-posts-racist-selfie-with-a-blac... Web.