Cree Hardrict, the 6-year-old son of Tia Mowry, is afraid of being killed by law enforcement. The celebrity mom shared the troubling tweet of her son’s admission this past weekend.

“My son just told me I’m scared the police is going to shoot me. He’s 6. #pray,” Tia tweeted. While some understood Cree’s sentiments, many attempted to bash Tia for being a bad parent.


“Did you correct him? I doubt your son is watching the news, where oh where did he learn to fear police, mom,” @spinning_will asked. “I can only imagine what he Hears everyday (sic) in the house for him to have this stupid irrational fear,” @13thconcept tweeted. One user named @Minarchy_Ball even said, “That’s called passing your neuroses onto your child. Sounds like bad parenting to me.” Wow! Amazing how many parental experts are present on Twitter!

Regardless of how one feels about law enforcement, deeming Cree’s fears as a matter of bad parenting is not entirely accurate. After all, Tamir Rice was murdered by police in Ohio in 2014 while playing with a toy gun at a neighborhood park. Officers did not realize that the tween posed no threat and, as a result, opened fire. Tamir was 12-years-old at the time of his death.

Also, one-fourth of the 500 people who have been killed by police this year were African-American. Tensions continue to rise as many deem African Americans as predators all while hate crimes are sometimes characterized as misunderstandings.

BCK Asks: What do you think? Do you think that Cree’s fears of law enforcement at 6-years-old are the result of adult “neuroses” and bad parenting? Or, do you believe that there are issues pertaining to police brutality and accountability that need to be addressed? What do you think of the growing trend of outsiders bashing parents online? Do you think it’s getting out of hand?



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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