By Dylan Rhoney, Organizer for the North Carolina Democratic Coordinated Campaign:
I had my saddest experience on the job yesterday: I was knocking doors, asking people if they were registered to vote. A young African-American boy, probably between 4 and 6 years old, answered the door. I asked him if his parents were home, and he called for someone.
Before someone came to the door he whispered, “Are you here to take my parents or make us leave our house?” He looked really scared. Honest to God, it broke my heart that a kid that young had seen something like that and was forced to deal with realities I never had to.
Later on I saw him trying to fix a bike outside, and he asked me if I could help him with it. I worked to unjam the kick stand, and he asked me if I was a housekeeper. I said, “No, I’m an organizer. I help people register to vote. I get them engaged in politics.”
He smiled and said, “I like people who do that. I like people who help people.”
Yesterday and this week in general revealed to me that we have a lot of work to do in this country when a young child, between 4 and 6, can grasp the concept of eviction and arrest. Kids that age should be thinking about summer fun or starting school and making new friends.
I’ll never forget this experience.