Say Her Name: 9 Year Old McKenzie Adams Commits Suicide After Racist Bullying

McKenzie Adams was a 9-year-old girl who was a fourth grader at U.S. Jones Elementary School. After endless racist bullying, the child reportedly hung herself on Dec. 3.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that she was bullied because she was friends with another white child. Adams was friends with a white boy and would take rides to school his family.

Edwinna Harris said, “She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘Black b-tch,’ ‘just die’.” Adams’ grandmother found her body. The 9-year-old hung herself.

A family is mourning the loss of a 9-year-old girl who took her own life.#McKenzieAdams’ family members said the fourth-grader had been bullied since the beginning of the school year. Her grandmother found her in their home where she hanged herself.

Edwinna Harris, who is a television host in Atlanta, said, “God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it’s time to help. There are so many voiceless kids. God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.”

Alex Brasswell, the City Schools attorney, told CBS the case is under investigation, “We are working fully with the Demopolis and Linden police department. They are doing a joint investigation of these allegations. We are cooperating fully and I can’t comment on any of the aspects of the investigation until they conclude it.”

Bullying is a nationwide epidemic and Black children have higher rates of bullying. According to a 2014 study in the “Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing” said that Black children have disproportionately higher rates of bullying, and are more likely to be involved as a victim, aggressor or bystander than others. Atlanta Black Star reported, “The federal government has reported that Black and Latino youth who are bullied suffer academically when compared to white children.”

Members of Black Twitter are speaking out:

Rest in power, McKenzie Adams.

Written by Asad Malik

Asad is the Executive Officer of The Pan-African Alliance, and the Founder of United Black America.

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Too much pain for a child. I think schools, teachers and parents need to be held accountable for bullying. They were suppose to be protecting and giving her a safe environment. Another reason to get these babies out of the public schools leaving them with strangers who don’t give a damn or held accountable. 🥺😡

Marsha Doll
Marsha Doll

Everyone, please join the fight again bullying with me! This should never happen again! Find a way to make a difference in your local schools and community in this child’s name. This is my goal for 2019. Thanks!