Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Incompetent black parents cause death of gorilla
A four-year-old black boy, Isiah Dickerson, was with his mother Michelle Gregg at Cincinnati Zoo, Ohio, when he somehow made his way through a barrier, into a moat - and was lifted up by Harambe. Within minutes the 17-year-old 450lb silverback was killed by zookeepers who feared for Isiah's safety. But the decision has sparked a backlash, with calls for the boy's parents to be prosecuted. Isiah is recovering from minor injuries and his mother has not been seen at the Cincinnati home where she lives. His father, Deonne Dickerson, 36, has also not been seen since the killing of the gorilla. He was not with his partner and their four children at the time. The black boy's father has a significant criminal history, with offenses including burglary, firearms offences, drug trafficking, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and kidnap. In 2006, he was sentenced to one year behind bars for a drug trafficking conviction. Many social media commentators have criticized the boy's parents and said that they should be held accountable. More outraged animal lovers took to social media declaring that the western lowland gorilla's life was unnecessarily taken, and more than 4,000 have already joined the "Justice for Harambe" group. More than 115,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for the mother and father to be held accountable for their actions of not supervising their child.