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Gorilla Blues Is About More Than Just Parenting Issues

Who knew bringing your kids on a nice trip to the zoo, had such a consequence. Twitter went wild after a video surfaced of a baby who fell into a gorilla exhibit at a Cincinnati Zoo. The child reportedly climbed into the exhibit and somehow fell into the pit. The ending result was to a dead endangered  gorilla and returning the child back to his mother.

But as you would have it, Twitter users started to play the blame game, and insisted the parents be held accountable, while also making assumptions that the family had to be white for letting such a thing happen to their child. Well, everyone was wrong. After the story evolved more, an article was released on Dailymail.co.uk confirming the parents of the child who fell in the pit were African American.

Why must we assume that a case of poor parenting is a result of someone being white or black? Furthermore, regardless of race, the discussion of whether punishment is appropriate for the parents should continue regardless of the colors of their skin.

How can we complain about slander against the black community, when we aren’t practicing what we preach. Dishing out assumptions, jokes, and criticism against whites is the same behavior we complain about. Ending racism is long overdue and need to be stopped immediately but I’m all about pointing out the facts, too.

The ending goal is to be a stronger world together, no matter what the circumstance. So, instead of fighting fire with fire, lets be better as a whole and break away from racial stereotyping – passing judgment is human but if we desire better, we have to do better.

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About Dominique Burns

Hey Y'all! Im Dominique Burns. Currently I am Senior at Hampton University studying Journalism from Northern Virginia (DMV) area. My goals upon graduating are to write for a magazine or blog similar to this one. Im a pop culture junkie but love to get down to the facts! Check out my posts and enjoy !

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