A playground altercation in Geismar, Louisiana, turned violent after a group of kids began hurling racial slurs at a 4-year-old.
Jordan Jackson, 8, was waiting for his parents to pick him and his little sister, J’Niaha, from the Spanish Lake Primary School when three children, all of whom were white and children of teachers, approached them. The young bullies, one of whom was 13, started throwing mulch at the siblings.
When Jordan told them to back off, one of them allegedly told him, “You need to go back to the cotton farm." They then pushed him to the ground and slammed his body twice, fracturing Jordan’s arm and giving him a concussion that has now evolved into post-concussion syndrome.
“My son, who understands the connotation of that statement because we've had those conversations before, was appalled, so he said ‘That's racist,’” explained mother Alana Jackson. “The child responded, ‘Why do you think it's so racist? You do need to go back to the cotton farm.’ So at that point my son began to try to defend himself because the 13-year-old was pushing him down and calling him a baby.”
Sadly, this is not the first time Jordan has been a victim of a racist attack.
“Now you tell me... as a parent, how do I not feel hurt? As an African American, how do I not take offense? As a Christian, how do I not seek love? I am disappointed that our culture has exhibited the behavior that makes our children believe that this type of behavior is acceptable,” Jackson posted on her Facebook page. “I am saddened that we have come so far yet are still so far away. I am discouraged that many have given up even though we are so far from finished. Yet I am hopeful that God is still in control.”
Jordan’s uncle, Cris Colbert, created a GoFundMe page to help pay for Jackson’s medical expenses.
Meanwhile, the police are investigating the case, but the school has denied all responsibility, even when Jackson returned to them with Jordan’s medical bills.
Incidents of racial and xenophobic harassment have skyrocketed across the country since the election of Donald Trump as the president.