Last week, Jill Scott explained to her 6-year-old son Jett, the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. ‘He’s gold like us,’ Jett innocently responded. And because Martin was gold, ‘people thought he was dangerous,’ she explained. Talks like this prove more necessary with every mistreated or murdered Black boy and girl.
‘For whatever reason people are afraid of gold people,’ she explained to Jett. ‘They don’t see their worth but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to see our worth.’
Most recently, a young Black female was violently ripped out her seat at Spring Valley high school by a deputy school resource officer students called, ‘The Hulk.’ Like most parents, who cringed at the horrific cell phone footage, Jill said it ‘made her sick.’
‘She could have said the most horrific things out of the devil’s belly and for someone who is in an authority, and a man, to slam that child like she was a rag doll is too much,’ she said. ‘And it seems like it was OK there, because none of the students reacted, the teacher didn’t react, it seems like this is something that occurs there,’ she added.
Jill made a point to stress how important it is for parents to be involved in their children’s school.
‘We have to check them out. We have to side-eye everybody. I have definitely showed up to my son’s school with grills on. Be uncomfortable. You don’t know me and you need to be weary of this parent because if something like that were to occur with my child, we’re going to have a whole bunch of problems. Something like that should never occur to someone’s child.’
When asked how she would have handled it, the Philly native responded, ‘I would hate to black out. You want to have good sense because you want to be around to take care of your children, but uh… I think a few brothers and I would have to visit. We would have to go down to that school and bring some authorities with us.’
The burly officer has since been fired.
The Grammy award-winning singer and upcoming recipient of the Lady of Soul honor at the Soul Train Awards is passionate about uplifting the youth. She recently partnered with Hallmark Mahogany to award two students with $10,000 scholarships, an effort she says is her ‘job.’
‘I know there are young people who have goals and have dreams, they want to accomplish things and education can really exist. Why shouldn’t they have an opportunity to do so? It’s important because that’s what we’re supposed to do.’
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