Ala. 5th-Grader Attacked and Harassed for Being Black: ‘Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, I’m White, Why Aren’t You?’

Taylor Armbrester (screenshot)
Taylor Armbrester (screenshot)

A 10-year-old boy is being racially terrorized by little inbred elementary schoolers in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ great state of Alabama. This be the year 2017.


Taylor Armbrester, 10, says he has been called “black boy” and “retarded” by other fifth-graders since he transferred to the mostly white Chelsea Park Elementary School in Chelsea, Ala., last fall.

Taylor also says that he has been punched and kicked, had his finger broken and had sick little poems recited to him by his peers.

“‘Roses are red, violets are blue, I am white, you should be, too. Roses are red, violets are blue, I am white, why aren’t you? Roses are red, violets are blue, God made me pretty, what happened to you?’” Taylor said, recounting what was said to him by a classmate.

Another boy accused him of stealing a fidget spinner and then punched him in the face. “He lost it out of his book bag,” Taylor explained.

Most recently, he said, a little girl broke his finger. reports that on Tuesday, Taylor was shooting baskets when a girl he considers his friend asked if she could shoot, but instead, she threw the ball at him. His mother, Shaneka Phillips, took him to the emergency room.

“He seems to be an easy target,” said Phillips.

After being taken before school authorities, the boy who recited the poems reportedly said, “‘Don’t take it offensively,’” Taylor said. “I know he was just playing a joke. I said, ‘I hope you know God doesn’t like that.’


“They think they can just do it to me,” said Taylor, who never mentioned his race as a reason for the taunts until asked directly about it. “They think I’m dumb or something. They kept on doing it to me.”

And have these children faced any sanctions for their actions?

A guidance counselor met with students who admitted they had been mean to Taylor, according to


Yet Assistant Principal Mary Anderson and the counselor met with Taylor and his mother Friday and said there is not a problem with racial bullying at the school, according to the report.

“This would be an isolated case,” said Anderson. The school is welcoming of diversity, said Anderson. “We have children of all races,” she said.


Of course. The old isolated-case excuse. Alas, the world is filled with racism, but no racists. Not even little snot-nosed pukes who learn to hate black people at home. reports that of the 883 students at Chelsea Park Elementary School, in grades K-5, there are 88 black students, making up about 10 percent of the school’s population. There are 23 Asian students, 40 Hispanics and one Pacific Islander. The 715 white students make up about 81 percent of the student body.


The outlet reports that the area in which Chelsea Park is located is rapidly changing, becoming the “fastest growing suburb in Shelby County.”

Relatedly, the Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed educators before and after the 2016 election and said there is anecdotal evidence that bias-related incidents may have increased, a phenomenon the center calls the “Trump Effect.”


For example, an 8-year-old in Cincinnati, Gabriel Taye, recently took his life after being bullied.



Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.


Ok but it goes both ways. I’ve seen white kids being picked on for being white quite a few times. I’ve been called a cracker bitch by black kids. I’ve been told I can’t be all white because I’m too nice to be white. Another black child said stop calling me white I can’t help it I was born this way. So it’s about minority majority and racism goes both ways. Thing is you never hear bout it because white people are afraid of being called racist if they are victims of racism and speak about it.