When Krishann Briscoe became pregnant at the age of 19 she was terrified. Once she became used to the idea of being a single mother she would dream about the baby that she would have. She hoped that the baby was going to be a boy. She thought about all of the differences between boys and girls when it came to relationships and emotions. She decided that having a boy would be less of an emotional roller coaster than having a girl. Once she discovered that she was having a little girl she was excited although slightly disappointed. After she had the baby however she grew to realize that in this world, she was very glad that she didn’t have a son.
Briscoe now has two daughters and states that she is thankful that she never had a boy. Every time she turns on the news she sees another story about black boys being shot or killed. She sees that justice usually is not brought upon those who harm these young boys and take their lives at such a young age. She stated that she thanks God all the time for having girls instead of a boy. Briscoe says that she didn’t want to have to explain the underlying message that the media is sending that the lives of these young black boys don’ t matter.
Briscoe lists off the things that she would be worried about should she have had a boy. She said that she would have worried every time he went out the door whether he would come back or not. She would have been scared that he wouldn’t make it to be an adult. She would be scared that he would have gone through profiling. All of these things are what black boys and their mother’s face every single day out in the world.
She now is struggling to talk to her daughters about the world and how prejudice still exists. She wants to tell them about the protests in Ferguson and what they are protesting for but doesn’t want to give them too much information that would make them afraid of police officers. For now she will have to figure out the right words to say and is still thankful that she didn’t have a black son.