November 30, 2017 - Issue 720: Here’s What You Should Know About the
Injustice of Cyntoia Brown - Color of Law By David A. Love, JD, BC
November 30, 2017 - Issue 720
Here’s What You Should Know
About the Injustice
"No one protected Cyntoia Brown, a victim
of child trafficking and a sex slave who,
at 16, killed a man who bought her for sex.
The real crime was her sentence, and the
fact that she went to prison at all."
And why are celebrities like Rihanna,
T.I., Kim Kardashian, LeBron James and Gabrielle Union burning up
social media talking about her case?
you haven’t heard about her case, this you must know: Her story
is the story of what is wrong with America, with its criminal justice
system, and the way it treats its children–its most vulnerable
one protected Cyntoia Brown, a victim of child trafficking and a sex
slave who, at 16, killed a man who bought her for sex. The real crime
was her sentence, and the fact that she went to prison at all.
2004, Cyntoia was arrested in Tennessee for the murder
of Johnny Mitchell Allen, 43, a Nashville real estate agent and child
predator who paid to have sex with the teen. Allen drove Brown to his
house in his pickup truck. She shot him in the back of the head, in
bed, with a .40-caliber gun after she reportedly feared for her life.
with fetal alcohol syndrome to a white teen mother with a history of
intergenerational abuse who was unable to take care of her, Brown’s
childhood was one of psychological trauma, of physical and sexual
violence. The girl confessed to the killing and did not have legal
representation. She was tried as an adult, and the jury was not told
of her mental disability.
years later and Cyntoia Brown remains in the Tennessee Prison for
Women. Despite all this, she earned her associate’s degree
behind bars through Lipscomb University, and is pursuing her
are spreading the word about what is being done to Cyntoia Brown. Kim
Kardashian took to Twitter to speak out against the injustice:
and Rihanna sowed their support for Cyntoia on Instagram:
children and adults– are the majority of those spending the
rest of their lives behind bars. Tennessee’s 51-to-life
sentence, which Brown received, is a virtual life sentence. That’s
especially harsh for a victim who was forced into prostitution as an
underage girl, deprived of her childhood and has suffered so much.
does this tell you about America when a Black girl, an abused child
sex slave, is punished with a life sentence for killing her abuser?
This is the country that sends molested children to prison and throws
away the key. But if you’re an accused pedophile, you have a
shot at the U.S.
if not the White
How about that? And I beg you to tell me I’m wrong.
This commentary was originally published by The Grio