Updated: Aug 13, 2020
I think we're all familiar with this photo.
It was often accompanied by the AllLivesMatter and BlueLivesMatter hashtag when it was taken during the Ferguson protests.
I want you to know that this beautiful black child, Devonte Hart (12), was forced to take this photo by his abusive white foster parents, Sarah and Jennifer Hart. A black boy forced by his white adoptive mothers to overcome his fears and offer comfort and hope to white people.
He and his five other siblings were beaten, starved, and verbally abused with racial slurs.
They would sneak out in the middle of the night and plead with their neighbors for food. They begged for help from teachers and neighbors with tales of physical abuse and starvation as punishment; however, the mothers were continually defended.
In March of 2018 his foster mothers, Jennifer, who was drunk, and Sarah, intentionally drove their entire family off a 100 foot cliff from the Pacific Coast Highway.
The idea of the "white savior" held more weight than the truth from the lips of a black child.