For over one hundred years, Girl Scouts have taught young girls everything from camping and sports to cooking and sewing. They have also always thrown in a healthy mix of an emphasis on self-confidence, making sure that girls know that they can be or do whatever they want in life, that they are important, and that they matter. And who among us could do without the cookies?
Well, move over cooking and sewing badges and make room for the radical beauty, food justice, and radical self-love badges. The Radical Brownies, a scout-like group formed for girls ages 8-11 in Oakland California is getting some attention, and it isn’t for selling cookies. The group was formed by two women, one African-American, the other Hispanic. Their mission is to, “empower young girls of color to step into their collective power, brilliance, and leadership, to make the world a more radical place.” The group is not affiliated with the Girl Scouts of America.
Teaching young girls, any girls, at such an impressionable time in their lives that they are smart, beautiful, and can make big changes in the world by doing or being whatever it is in life that they want is something everyone would be behind. However, there are many questions being raised as to whether or not joining the Radical Brownies should also include political brainwashing.
To earn their first badge, the girls marched in a Martin Luther King Day parade. While that is perfectly fine and commendable, the badge earned pictured a fist with the words “Black Lives Matter”. While that may appear somewhat harmless, the political indoctrination that seems to be occurring is disturbing. Two of the girls told a KPIX-TV reporter that white police officers are randomly killing black people, the implication being that it is intentional, and that black teenager Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson Missouri last summer by a white police officer merely because he was black.
So is this an agenda that in no way should be pushed onto kids of this age group? One of the most effective tactics in the Liberal playbook is to “get ’em while they are young”. That appears to be the idea behind the Radical Brownies. While the founders will tell you that the kids are old enough to be aware of such issues as social justice and its place, or not, in their community, will lessons such as the one relayed to the reporter merely teach the girls to grow up to hate white people, anyone who does not look like them, and the police? How will it teach the girls to function as adults in a world where everyone is not like them?
Even the uniform the girls wear is symbolic. The berets are a nod to the Black Panthers. Co-Founder Marilyn Hollinquest says that a lot of the work done by the Black Panthers was “community oriented”. Much of their work was also done at gun-point and their history is rife with violence against whites and the police. Is this another healthy influence?
The Radical Brownies hope to grow their numbers in the next years. Will the girls begin to be presented with all of the facts of any given issue and not just selected ones? Will they get both sides of an issue so that they can learn to think critically, and most important of all, think for themselves?
After all, forming one’s own opinion, no matter what age, is empowering.