Abuse takes many different forms. Using a child to promote a parents ideology, teaching a child that 'black people should die,' instilling them with hate and fear of others all fall under that heading, in my opinion. Children should never be saddled with this kind of baggage and should never be exploited in such a vile manner.
Girl, 7, said ‘black people should die’, custody hearing told
By Mike McIntyre, Winnipeg Free PressMay 25, 2009
WINNIPEG — Just seven years old, she showed up at school with neo-Nazi propaganda written all over her body, calmly described how to kill black people, and spoke proudly about white people being superior to all other races.
Now the disturbing views of the girl are at the centre of a heated child-custody case that began Monday in Winnipeg.
"Black people don’t belong. What people don’t understand is that black people should die," the little girl stated matter-of-factly in the March 2008 interview with a Manitoba Child and Family Services worker after she and her brother had been seized by the province.
However, the mother told CTV News on Monday night it is “100 per cent not true” that she taught her daughter that belief.
“Just because somebody’s proud to be white does not make them a Nazi. I’m not a Nazi; I’ve stated that several times,” the woman said.
When asked what she would have done differently, given what she knows now, the woman answered, “For one, I would not redraw a swastika on my daughter’s arm. . . . If I wanted to have it out with the teachers, if I wanted to make it a discussion and an issue, I should have contacted the school.
“I never did it in the first place; I never told my daughter that she should hate anybody,” she told CTV. “At her seventh birthday party, she had a little Asian girl that she wanted to invite; we let her invite. I never saw any reason for her not to be friends with somebody.”
CFS is seeking a permanent order of guardianship for the girl and her three-year-old brother, saying the racist views of their parents have clearly been passed down to the children and amount to emotional abuse.
The girl’s stepfather is fighting back, claiming his rights to freedom of expression and religion have been violated.
The mother has moved out of province, has not retained a lawyer, and is not participating in the trial.
"They have been taught to hate absolutely everyone in the world who’s not white," a CFS social worker wrote in a report tendered in court Monday. "She didn’t see her family views as anything other than normal."
CFS got involved last year after the girl showed up at her Winnipeg elementary school with a massive swastika on her arm and other slogans on her legs, including references to Adolf Hitler and the slogan, "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
Photos of the markings were shown in court.
"The meaning of that is that black people don’t belong," the girl later explained to the social worker.
The woman told court Monday she was stunned by what transpired during an hour-long interview with the girl, who frequently used the N-word to describe blacks and said she believes strongly in what her parents taught her.
The girl also gave a graphic description of how to kill a black person, telling the social worker about using a spiked ball attached to a chain and then "whipping them until they die."
The worker asked the girl if those ideas "scared her."
"No, black people just need to die. That’s not scary. This is a white man’s world," she replied.
The girl also made racist remarks about the World Trade Center attacks, described watching "skinhead" videos and websites with her parents, and watching them regularly smoke marijuana. She said her parents even made a poster of her and her brother with the slogan, "Missing — A Future For Our White Children," which they plastered around Winnipeg.
"White kids are not safe because of (racist term for blacks)," she told the social worker.
The girl’s stepfather — who is currently living apart from the girl’s mother — has denied any wrongdoing and recently filed an affidavit supporting his position. The girl’s mother repeatedly demanded the return of her children in a series of phone calls to CFS last year, noting the children had not been physically harmed in any way.
Police investigated but laid no charges.
"You have no right to steal my children because of religious beliefs," she said, according to the social worker. She admitted to drawing on her daughter to "piss them off" at the school, and said her children "are proud to be white."
"(The mother) made it clear that multiculturalism was the poison of society and she was proud to be able to influence her daughter that way," the CFS employee testified. "My concerns were the emotional impact this was having on a seven-year-old child, that she would describe in detail how to kill a black person. It was concerning that someone would mark their child up like a billboard and send them to school."
On Monday, the mother told CTV, “I mean, I grew up in a very Christian home. I am not Christian. It doesn’t matter what our parents teach us, we’re all going to grow into our own individuals and we’re all going to make our own choices in life. You can’t sit there and tell a Muslim family that they cannot teach their children Islam, because there are some people who take it to an extreme. Just because certain people take white nationalism to extremes doesn’t mean that I am,” the mother said.
The lawyer for CFS told court Monday this case has nothing to do with infringing on free speech or expression. He said it’s about "longstanding family dysfunction" — including drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, neglect, and criminal activity and associations — which will prove the children are at risk if returned to their parents.
CFS is also relying on a doctor’s report that says both parents "are not in a position to offer either of their children care at this time," court heard.
The case has generated national and international publicity because of the unique issues involved. The court hearing is expected to address the extent to which the beliefs as expressed by the parents are legally protected, and whether educating their children in these beliefs entitled CFS to apprehend the children.
The trial will run until Friday, then adjourn until June 23 for another week of testimony.