‘We will not be quiet’ — Family of 11-year-old Black girl who was the victim of allegedly racist attack in Shawnee seeks justice and healing

Nevaeh Thomas, an 11-year-old Black girl from Kansas City, Kansas, was attacked last week by a 12-year-old boy with suspected racial motivations. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Nevaeh had messages of love, acceptance and anti-racism.

The family of Nevaeh Thomas, an 11-year-old Black girl from Kansas City, Kansas, and victim of a suspected racially-motivated attack by a 12-year-old white boy in Shawnee, came with messages of conviction: her attacker must be held accountable and receive equal treatment under the law.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, the family, their church pastor and their attorney said they also seek to eradicate hate, racism and bigotry, for the sake of children like Nevaeh and the boy, and for the posterity of the United States.