16-year-old “Ma’Khia Bryant, a black teenager fatally shot after she attacked another with a knife, has been, “adultified”.

Rutgers Professor Says Ma’Khia Bryant Was ‘Adultified’ Because ‘She Was a Big Girl’

ON MSNBC Cooper discussed the fatal  shooting of Bryant, who is seen on camera lunging at another girl with a knife.

“Look, the arguments for our movement have never been that black people have to be perfect in order for them to deserve dignity, for us to have good policing, for us to be viewed with humanity, for cops to take a breath before they literally get out of the car, guns blazing,” Cooper (pictured) told host Joy Reid, later contending that some do not “understand black girls as girls.”

“But beyond all of that, what are we gonna do about the way we don’t understand black girls as girls?” she asked.

“Ma’Khia Bryant was a child … and the way that she has been talked about as this, you know, because she was a big girl, so people just see her as the aggressor, they don’t see her humanity,” Cooper asserted.

“They have adultified her. We turn black girls into grown women before they even are able to vote,” she continued.

“I have watched folks across the political spectrum really defend this and say … and empathize with the officer, say that he didn’t have any other set of choices,” she added:

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2 thoughts on “16-year-old “Ma’Khia Bryant, a black teenager fatally shot after she attacked another with a knife, has been, “adultified”.

  • April 25, 2021 at 2:58 am
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    So in two years she would have become an adult and gained the sense to not stab someone with a knife? Always playing victim. The officer did the correct thing.

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  • April 25, 2021 at 6:32 pm
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    Sixteen is plenty old enough that to know that stabbing someone with a knife will either seriously injure them or kill them. You don’t have to be an adult to know that. 16 is more than sufficient. In fact, even “children” under 10 likely understand that that you should not stab someone with a knife.

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