There is a new Brownie troop formed in Oakland called the “Radical Brownies” which consists of 8 to 10 year-old girls learning and spreading social justice. Co-founder Marilyn Hollinquest says they are not telling the girls what to think, but listen to some of the things these children say and see if you buy that claim:
“White policeman are killing black young folks such as women, men and children”. “Mike Brown. He was shot because he didn’t do nothing. Only the police officer shot him because of his skin color.” “It’s really good for me because it brings out who I am”.
That doesn’t sound very much like independent thoughts of children. It sounds a lot more like brainwashing and propagandizing. These children have been taught that the police are racists and the enemy of the black community and it can only be a matter of time before hatred of the police begins to take hold. Who else will these children begin to hate “without being told”?
Hollingquest has these girls wearing berets similar to the Black Panthers’ berets because she feels it is “appropriate”, and the first badge the girls earned by marching in a Martin Luther King Jr. parade displays a fist and the words “Black Lives Matter”. Hollingquest says that “Kids already understand fairness and unfairness” but a child’s true understanding of “fairness” needs mature guidance and the type of guidance Hollingquest is providing does not seem appropriate.
We pride ourselves on being better than radical Islamic terrorists who brainwash their children to hate Jews and to kill anyone who does not believe as they do. The “Radical Brownies” are certainly a far cry from that and social justice is not akin to Sharia Law, but this does not feel like a good direction for children and it seems to many to be manipulative, abusive, and divisive. Nothing positive for race relations can result from this.
Children need to be children and they shouldn’t be used as puppets by adults with an agenda.
David J. Hentosh