Incredible is the only way to describe the fact that Black, Hartford University student Chennell Rowe forgave her White roommate, Brianna Brochu for smearing used tampons on Rowe’s belongings and sticking Rowe’s toothbrush “in places the sun don’t shine,” among other dastardly things to encourage her roommate to move.
Brochu admitted to terrorizing her roommate in an Instagram post.
Everywhere you turn, there is a Black woman forgiving somebody for doing something absolutely heinous and sometime just downright hateful. In doing so, they expose the faulty philosophers who swear the terrible things that are done under the rubric of class society,( presently capitalism) are just the result of human nature and that human beings are bad, rather than acknowledging that we live under a system that encourages the worst in human behavior.
According to the Hartford Courant, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe, attended Brochu’s hearing in Superior Court in Hartford and told Judge Omar Williams that she did not oppose Brochu’s request for accelerated rehabilitation. Brochu will have to perform 200 hours of community service — including 50 at a literacy organization in Greater Hartford and 50 at a social services group. If she completes those requirements and stays out of trouble, the charges of breach of peace and criminal mischief will be dismissed after two years.
Not only did Rowe support the light sentence and her former roommates request to wipe her record clean, she showed real human compassion toward her. “By giving her this second chance, I hope she will change her ways and finds love for all mankind no matter what race,” she said.
Incidentally, the system (in this case a Black prosecutor and Black judge) was understanding and sympathetic to Brochu, not because of genuine forgiveness and compassion, but out of a profound sense that white is right, and since White folks are privileged and preferred, Brochu should get a pass. The “kid gloves” treatment makes the system complicit in her act by not assigning her the proper punishment and by failing to turn down her request to have all evidence of her crimes dismissed.
While that accusation may seem unfair; how else to explain the court’s decision?
The prosecutor and judge may have ordinarily done the right thing, but when caught up in a system that has a desire to coddle whiteness (even when wrong), possibly yielded to the pressure. The court’s decision is especially troubling, considering that this woman is a potential future danger and threat to society, because what she did to her roommate was extraordinarily evil, cunning and calculating.
Brochu’s victim complained of getting sick constantly as a result of the biological warfare launched against her and she complained of nightmares. And according to Rowe the results of this encounter is that she is damaged and has lost faith in people and is afraid to trust.
The White girl terrorized and poisoned her Black roommate, which didn’t make it an automatic hate crime, but the point raised by many is that this sentence exposes a double standard of justice. If the shoe had been on the other foot, the Black girl would have had the book thrown at her. She likely would have been charged with committing a terrorist act and it would have been labeled a hate crime. And it’s very likely her request to have her record erased after two years of probation, would have been denied.
Brochu’s actions may not have constituted a hate crime, but they sure were hateful.
What on earth is in Black women, that allows them to be persecuted yet reach down somewhere and find the ability to be forgiving and compassionate? Whatever it is these women have the world could sure some of it.
justice then peace