Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Reflections on the Death of a 7 year old

She's blurring kindergarten class picture, the kind I have of my own public school educated daughter. She's a red power ranger staring off. She is dressed in white today, all made up and pretty for her burial. Nixzmary Brown was just another little girl of color in Brownsville. Just another brown baby being beat, denied food, and sexually abused and no one gave enough of a shit until it was too late. No one lined up to knock on the door of the apartment where she lived and died. Now they line up outside the Ortiz Funeral Home to say goodbye.

Were there guidance counselors , social workers in her school? Most public schools don't have that support. My daughter's school doesn't. Yeah now the DA will scramble and the Mayor will say he'll reform ACS and people will curse Nixzmary's parents and then everyone will forget just like they forget after Eliza Izquierdo.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Iris said...

Exactly. Everyone will point fingers and there'll be a "shakeup" at ACS and time will pass and everyone will forget again. When I first heard this story, I figured the family was isolated and it went on for so long because it was hidden. And now all the family, neighbors, and others are speaking to the media and I'm like, damn- where the fuck were you people?? It underscores (at the expense of a little girl) that people need to speak up at the beginning, not the end.

1/18/2006 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Angel said...

My beef is more with the family. Your telling me that la abuelita y las tias saw nothing and heard nothing? Did they not visit at all? Y que del papa de la nina? I read in the Daily News that he went to her funeral but that he did not know about his daughter. Cono, no one cared for this poor criatura en vida. No one told him he was a Daddy and that she needed his help. I am deeply saddened by this story.

1/19/2006 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger brownfemipower said...

but you know angel, my dad wouldn't have known if i was getting beat up by my mom-and he was there-but he was your "typical" mexican, in that he worked three jobs, and only came home to sleep...but i know that like iris said, the whole family is coming forward now...what a mess. you hate to demand that the government gets more involved cuz they are so good (rolls eyes) about helping families who need it--but if this is how communities are helping each other--
it's just such a mess

1/19/2006 07:36:00 PM  
Anonymous angel said...

My dad wasn't there either. He chose weed and beer over my Mom and myself, but I can tell you that my Grandmother knew everything that was going on. As did my Tias. A family of metidos, but in a good way. According to the stories that I have read in the newspaper, Nixzmary's father did not know about her. He left her mother before she was born. Perhaps if la abuela had been more involved. Sought him out. I know that is a bunch of shoulda woulda coulda now. Who knows, maybe if he knew about the child he would have taken her in. Perhaps not. We'll never know.

The interviews with the family are really pissing me off. Crying now, when they could see the bruises on the child. Take her away and let the mother take them to court to get her back. All the dirty laundry would have come to light.

1/19/2006 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger starchild said...

yeah this has been tearing me up. I just don't understand, just don't fucking understand, how the life of a little brown girl (or woman) can have such little value to the people who are supposed to care for her in this world. It makes me stomach turn.

1/21/2006 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous FLAMEZ said...

MY NAME IS FLAMEZ I'M FROM THE BRONX I'M A HIP HOP ARTIST WHO WAS AFFECTED BY THE LOST OF THIS CHILD I WROTE A DEDICATION SONG TO HER CALLED PRITTEY LITTLE GIRL.

I'VE BEENTRYING TO GET IT ON THE AIR SO THAT WE CAN HAAVE A WAY TO REMEMBER THIS BEAUTIFUL ANGEL..
AS WELL AS TRYING TO PUT AN END TO CHLD ABUSE!...I ALSO WANT TO MAKE SOMEKIND OF FUND FOR CHILDREN JUST LIKE NIXZMARY BROWN

1/22/2006 01:10:00 AM  
Blogger Ms.Maegan said...

If you have it on MP3 I'd love to hear it.

1/22/2006 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH WOW I'M SO SORRY I COULDN'T EVEN FIND MY WAY BACK TO THIS SITE I'M GLAD I DID FIND IT!
I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH LETTING YOU HEAR IT!

2/09/2006 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger Ms.Maegan said...

email me

2/09/2006 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We felt that everyone would forget so we wrote a song about her tragic passing. Check us out on Myspace.

http://www.myspace.com/elitesaints

1/22/2007 08:38:00 PM  

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