Michelle Gregg, Deonne Dickerson Victims Of Unfair Online Backlash For Being Black?

Michelle Gregg, Deonne Dickerson Victims Of Unfair Online Backlash For Being Black?
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The mother of the 3-year-old child who fell into a gorilla’s exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo is being massively criticized by social media critics and animal rights activists.


In the incident that occurred on Saturday, the gorilla was shot and killed to ensure the safety of the child who had fallen into the gorilla enclosure. The animal named Harambe had dragged the boy through a moat inside the enclosure.

The boy’s mother, Michelle Gregg, and father, Deonne Dickerson, have faced heavy criticism ever since the incident.

New York Daily News cited a Daily Mail article about Gregg and Dickerson, which contained the details of the latter’s criminal record over the last decade. The piece mentioned the crimes and felonies Dickerson had committed.

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While he was not present at the time of the incident, the website questions, “Why then mention him at all? Why name him? Why spell out every mistake this man has ever made if he wasn’t even at the zoo when this happened?”

The crimes Dickerson has been charged with in the past include burglary, firearms offenses, drug trafficking, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and kidnap. New York Daily News also goes on to say, “So why in the world is the criminal history of this young boy’s father in Cincinnati being spread all over the world other than the possibility that racists saw an opportunity to do what racists do?”

Daily Mail’s story was shared as many as 26,000 times on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard defended the decision to shoot and kill Harambe, saying, “The Zoo security team’s quick response saved the child’s life. We are all devastated that this tragic accident resulted in the death of a critically-endangered gorilla,” Maynard said. “This is a huge loss for the Zoo family and the gorilla population worldwide.”

Animal lovers have accused Gregg for not looking after the boy and preventing him from climbing over the fence and entering the habitat of the gorilla. The family of the boy and the zoo, they say, should be held responsible for the incident.

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