But police didn’t budge and said the parents would have to drive down to Houston to get Landry, who was placed in the city’s Child Protective Services.Hurd and Kelly were released without being charged.As a young woman of color, I can attest to the fact that many people in this world feel it is their duty — no, their God-given right — to decide what is best for me, and especially whom is best for me to date.For instance, I felt the need to defend my relationships to my mother who, like Baker’s mother, wondered when her daughter would bring home someone who looked more Michael B. My mother will resent me for saying this, but I know there is a part of her that wanted to see me settle down with someone black, someone who looked like me.Still, it was always funny that my mother questioned why I kept dating white guys, especially because I was raised as one of only few people of color in my community.I grew up in the predominantly white suburbs of upstate New York.
Try as I might to suppress the reaction, I experience black men's choice of white women as a personal rejection of the group in which I am a part, of African American women as a whole, who have always been devalued in this society.
After years and years of internalizing the beauty standard promoted all around me, I headed off to college with a low self-esteem and essentially no sense of self-worth.
I went out to a frat party with my roommate on our first night.
They said they are considering legal action against the local authorities.
Officials with the Houston Police Department declined to speak at length about the outrageous ordeal, but refuted the group’s claim of racial profiling. and the child had no relatives in the area, officers in an abundance of caution, did their utmost to ensure her safety,” the department said in a statement to the news station.