What Really Killed Ma’Khia Bryant?
Most of the country has seen video of the tragic death of Ma’Khia Bryant.
She’s the 16-year-old girl from Columbus, Ohio, who was shot four times on April 20 by a police officer as she was about to stab another young woman with a kitchen knife.
Many people blame the cop for Ma’Khia’s death.
Many people blame Ma’Khia’s parents or Ma’Khia herself.
But you know what really killed her?
Foster care. That’s the failed system that turned her into a raging young woman with a knife in her hand.
Foster care in our country has been a scandalous failure for decades.
Though it’s supposed to save children from the neglect or abuse of their birth parents by placing them with state-certified foster parents or relatives, it often becomes a cruel form of child abuse itself.
The raw statistics are appalling.
Right now there are about 435,000 American children in foster care. Their median age is 6½ - which means there are as many kids under that age as there are above it.