One woman has shown us how important it is for black children to have a village.
Twitter user Nanasia Music wrote a thread detailing how she may have saved two black boys from going to jail.
Nanasia says she was in Walmart when she noticed two boys who were about to get in a lot of trouble and decided to intervene.
These two black kids were stealing out of Walmart Security was watching them So I told them whatever you got in your pockets right now walk with me to the register and don’t question me I copped the deoderant they were about to steal for them I couldn’t let them go to jail...— Silent but Loud (@NanasiaMusic) June 11, 2018
Most people would have scolded the boys and went about their way, but Nanasia says upon asking a few questions, she uncovered a heartbreaking story.
One of the young men said ma’am were so sorry but we needed it for practice we just didn’t have the money ...— Silent but Loud (@NanasiaMusic) June 11, 2018
Wow so a lot of u are asking did I chastise them about stealing ... I asked them why didn’t you ask your mom or dad for the money ...— Silent but Loud (@NanasiaMusic) June 11, 2018
The other young male spoke and said our mom died last year it’s just me and my little brother and two sisters living with our granny ....— Silent but Loud (@NanasiaMusic) June 11, 2018
I said do u listen to Kendrick Lamar he said yes he’s one of my favs I said when he said I have royalty in my DNA he was referring to all Blk males It’s beneath you to steal anything you hear me the little one hung his head low and said yes ma’am— Silent but Loud (@NanasiaMusic) June 11, 2018
The boys were barely in their teens, and after the death of their mother, did not want to burden their struggling grandmother. Nanasia decided to become a member of their village.
I said and you couldn’t ask ur grand mother he said Ma’am she’s on public assistance so we try not to bother her ... I said how old are u he said 14 my brother is 13 my eyes swelled up with tears I opened my wallet and gave them all the cash I had— Silent but Loud (@NanasiaMusic) June 11, 2018
I said I know you don’t know me but here’s my number if you need a new auntie big sis call me ok the older one started crying and gave me the biggest hug— Silent but Loud (@NanasiaMusic) June 11, 2018
Nanasia says her actions were a byproduct of her upbringing. She was paying it forward.
I’m just from the generation where adults didn’t pull out camera phones and tape the demise of a young blk male... they took the time to step in before it got way out of line ... somebody did it for me so it was only right to redirect them ....— Silent but Loud (@NanasiaMusic) June 11, 2018
The security guard who had been watching them was not happy, though.
Ma’am he gave me a look of such anger like I took a notch off his belt that day I smiled and said not today not today u can’t have them https://t.co/60qTKangAf— Silent but Loud (@NanasiaMusic) June 11, 2018
Her followers applauded her for her actions, and wanted to help the boys too.
Thank you for being the auntie every kid deserves. What you did for them could change their lives forever. Sometimes when you are so down, you feel like there is no way out, but God. 🙏🏽 Glad it was you and not Becky with the dialing fingers.— J. Nichole (@by_jnichole) June 11, 2018
Can you get their mailing address please and inbox me..I want to send them a care package with hygiene products— Kimberly Green (@Kimberl18780502) June 11, 2018
You’re an example of why I love black women so much, thank you for protecting those kids ❤️🙏🏾— Okera J (Super Bowl Champions) (@OkeraJ) June 11, 2018
An example of us looking out for each other. 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿 That's the only way we gon survive in a country ment to destroy us. https://t.co/D3Ulg9qZo2— 🗣Ghetto Hymns (@GodMC_Duff) June 11, 2018
We have to take care of our babies. What kid wants to deal with the crap that comes with smelling bad at school. Good looking out, sis 💯— Shenequa Jemet’☥ (@LoveJemet) June 11, 2018
A large part of what is tearing this country apart is a lack of a sense of community and helping those who need it. Thank you for being a friendly face and a helping hand to a couple of kids that need it most— Kyle Massey (@kjmass) June 11, 2018
Walmart also tweeted Nanasia to express their admiration.
Be the person you needed when you were younger 🙌🏾— Walmart (@Walmart) June 11, 2018
She has not heard from the boys yet, but we hope they call their new big sister.