“You think he belongs to you because you want to belong to him. Don’t. It’s a bad word, ‘belong.’ Especially when you put it with somebody you love. Love shouldn’t be like that. Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can’t even see the mountain for the clouds. But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? His head. The clouds never cover the head. His head pokes through, because the clouds let him; they don’t wrap him up. They let him keep his head up high, free, with nothing to hide him or bind him. You can’t own a human being. You can’t lose what you don’t own. Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don’t, do you? And neither does he.”— Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon (via graham-bailey)
“An Atlanta vegan couple whose malnourished 6-week-old son starved to death after they fed him a too-limited diet of soy milk and apple juice will have to serve their life sentences for murder, Georgia’s top court ruled on Monday.”—
Feeding a 6 week old soy milk & apple juice strikes me as incredibly neglectful parenting. This wasn’t a case of them using soy formula or breastfeeding after all. I don’t think them being vegan or of color has anything to do with them being criminally neglectful.
A few things: Murder is killing with intent, so it was ruled that the parents starved the child on purpose, which I wonder how they proved, unless the argument was that the parents couldn’t have possibly been ignorant enough to not know what they were doing. I guess it’s possible to be vegan and not know what the hell you’re doing, but still… this case is just so disturbing.