White Privilege Is Saving Brianna Brochu From a Felony Charge, and That’s a Crime
When the story of Brianna Brochu — the former University of Hartford student who stupidly used her Instagram page to boast about the hideous activities she callously unleashed on her Black roommate Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe — first dominated the headlines — it brought back vivid memories of my scary experience with an ex-roomie who also happened to be White.
We weren’t meant to be — yet fate brought us together and proceeded to test our ability to flourish in the midst of our assigned differences. I was much younger then — and therefore a lot more porous in attitude and tolerance. She was my age and carried a bulky load that interfered with her emotionally — and her method of attack was the worst kind — psychological.
In the end — we parted ways badly and I basically arrived days before my departure to discover that she had packed all my shit in garbage bags and placed them outside in the dead of night. I can’t say for sure if her brutality was racially motivated — but it was hard not to suspect her incentives or imagine how much easier it would’ve been to live with someone who shared my racial makeup — even though that sounds naive as fuck.
That being said — one can only imagine the nightmarish ride Chennel Rowe had to endure as she was also mismatched with a fellow student who quite frankly looks just as freaky as she turned out to be.
The two girls didn’t get along and all things considered — that’s not a rarity — particularly when episodes of PMS and competitive tendencies are thrown in the mix. However, when you tragically end up sharing space with a criminal mind-in-training who is capable of abhorrent behavior — that’s when all bets are off.
Once it was revealed that Brochu had chosen to exact revenge on her nemesis after she peeped the “posted videos online of her snoring” — by among other things — “smearing tampon blood on Rowe’s backpack,” “licking her utensils,” and “contaminating her lotions and shampoo,” — Rowe, who never imagined the level of evil in her midst — admitted that she had been feeling mysteriously unwell for quite some time.
She also decided to get the hell out, which delighted Brochu enough to inspire her damning post on Instagram — detailing the full scope of her gag-inducing operations — for the world to see:
“Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!! After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons [on] her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.”
Social media users were aghast with fury once the epic drama of the “White girl trying to kill the Black girl” became public and Brochu was promptly evicted from campus and is currently awaiting her next day in court after requesting a jury trial.
While Jan. 29 etches closer by the day — there is another reality to contend with and it speaks volumes about the level of privilege that is bestowed on White people — especially White women.
According to Brochu’s lawyer — Thomas Stevens — those of us who are convinced that his client more than deserves to be charged with a hate crime — will have to contend with the fact that she will not suffer the ultimate consequences of her deadly actions:
“I think this is sort of not the case that you all have been fanning the flame on.” “I think when it’s all said and done, what you’re gonna see is there was nothing racial that motivated this.”
The truth is that if the situation had been reversed — Rowe wouldn’t have been given the benefit of the doubt or the opportunity to slide by the full scale of the law. People of color don’t have the privilege of relying on the missteps of immaturity or the vulnerability of mental dysfunction.
When we fuck up — it’s always regulated to our brutish and naturally uncivilized disposition.
Based on the definition of the word — Brochu is a FELON and absolutely should spend the rest of her life with a record that reflects this fact:
felon: a crime, typically one involving violence, regarded as more serious than a misdemeanor, and usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death.
Brochu may be under the age of twenty-one (eighteen to be exact), but there are countless young Black men and women who are rotting away in cells for committing acts far less offensive than what we’re dealing with here. They will most likely remain barricaded for longer than necessary — and when they do manage to get out — their lives will remain in captivity — due to their blotted records.
It’s a crime that the justice system has chosen to only exact cruel and unnecessary punishment to marginalized groups while allowing the White population to run rampant with the freedom to be humanly imperfect — with the security of knowing that they are immune to the possibilities of being severely disciplined.
Rowe could’ve easily died from complications stemming from the ghastly treatment she received at the hands of a literal witch — and there is every reason to believe that she might still suffer the repercussions of what she unknowingly consumed. And as a Black woman there is a heaviness that overwhelms when the evidence of how very little we matter seeps into the cultural landscape — that has been designed to protect the interests of our White counterparts — at the expense of those who are consistently devalued.
The only ones that are furious over Brochu’s non-guilty plea and the notion that she won’t be charged with a hate crime — are Black women.
As always Black men have remained largely silent — just as they did when Diamond Reynolds was subjected to unimaginable horrors when she witnessed the shooting death of her boyfriend — just inches away from her — with her toddler daughter strapped in the back seat of the car.
Brochu should be appropriately utilized as the extreme example of what happens when you try to kill another human being without considering the dire outcome. She should be charged for torturing the “Jamaican Barbie” who she was probably envious of for obvious reasons. She shouldn’t be allowed to live in this world without the hassle of revealing her highly questionable character — each time she completes an application form for employment or whatever services she requires as a functioning tool.
She’s a murderess in the making — and the fact that it’s lawfully admissible for her to enjoy the privilege of her race — regardless of her murderous attempts is unjustifiable and downright criminal.