Patricia Ripley was seen pushing her nonverbal autistic son into a lake. This was her second attempt before police found his body. Then she blamed two black men for kidnapping and murdering her child for drugs.
This story hits close to home for two reasons:
1. I work with students with special needs back home. I’ve seen them come to school with signs of abuse and neglect. They can’t tell me anything about what happened. Even if they can speak, it’s like breaking a code. It’s never a direct answer. Then, there’s not much that can be done bc removing them from one place could put them in a worse place.
2. As a black woman, to hear someone falsely accuse someone black of committing a crime hurts a lot different. I don’t have to go into detail but history shows that black men being falsely accused always ends badly. If it weren’t for video evidence, there would be a manhunt. If you choose not to see it that way, please take a moment and recognize the privilege that you have to be able to choose to overlook something so outrageous.
I never post things like this. But this really broke my heart. I honestly hope that anyone who takes the time to read this post gains a new perspective of two different types of oppression that happen every day. Bc I know there are people out there who believed her story with no further evidence. #patriciaripley #alejandroripley #autism #autismspeaks #autistickids #nonverbal #kids #specialneeds #students #blackmen #tragedy #justice #read #longpost #sad #love #thisisamerica #america