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A day care expels 6-year-old for wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt
Deval Brockman

Arkansas mom Deval Brockman saw no problem with her 6-year-old daughter Journei's T-shirt before she dropped her daughter off at day care on June 25 before heading to work as a phlebotomist at a plasma center.

The slogan tee reads "All Lives Can't Matter until Black Lives Matter." The statement is true and as a Black mom raising a Black daughter during a moment of historical importance, Brockman felt the shirt was appropriate for her daughter.

But when the director of Journei's day care, His Kids Learning Center in Russellville, called to request a new shirt for her daughter Brockman was confused. She tells TODAY Parents: "The director was like, 'I don't support it. I don't like it. I want to make sure you do not send her to school in the shirt again.'"

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Brockman inquired with state officials about whether her daughter could wear the shirt to day care and was told she could, as there was no profanity on the shirt. Her day care disagreed, and when Journei came to school the next day wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Black Lives Matter fist she was asked not to return to school.

According to Fox16 in Little Rock. the day care released a statement that reads: "Due to the threat of allegations and under the advisement of the council, His Kids Learning Center will only be releasing this written statement concerning The Brockman's [sic]: We feel a childcare environment is not a place for a parent's political views to be addressed or played out, regardless of race."

Journei was sad that she could not go back to the day care she has been attending for six months, says Brockman. "All of a sudden her environment changed. She can't see the teacher she liked. She can't see her friends."

Journei's story is gaining support online, with people pointing out that both the statement Black Lives Matter and the organization Black Lives Matter is not political, but simply true.

Olivette Otele is a Professor in History of Slavery at the University of Bristol and recently told Elle why "All Lives Matter" ignores the systemic racism that has lead to this historic moment (which was the point of Journei's shirt). "It would be fantastic if all lives mattered but all lives are not valued equally," she told Elle. "You don't have to know about Black history but instinctively you have to understand that when people are saying 'Black Lives Matter' it's because its Black lives that have been disproportionately suffering."

For Brockman and her daughter, this is the point. Kids like her daughter, in modern-day America are still suffering.

"Kids need to know that their skin color already is going to work against them to a certain degree in people's eyes. So, they need to know and be prepared and be able to learn and know that they may not have done anything but they're going to be treated very differently," she said. "Hopefully, someday it will change."

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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