Just because someone doesn't fit the profile of the kind of person who would usually end up in prison doesn't mean they should be allowed to get away with crime.
If you commit a crime that's sufficiently serious, like murder, no matter who you are, you need to be locked up, lest you kill someone else.
Admittedly, Cyntoia Brown looks adorable in the mugshot circulating on Black People Twitter and elsewhere on social media. She's light-skinted and she's got "that good hair," which I'm sure has been instrumental in spreading awareness about her situation.
If she were dark-skinned, or if she had hair like Buhweet, like many women in prison do (it's not like they're going anywhere), her story wouldn't have gone nearly as viral. Not enough people would have clicked on the thumbnail for the algorithm to kick in, and she wouldn't have achieved what's known at Buzzfeed as "social lift."
It's clear from the mugshot, along with a photo of her in court, that she has a bit of an attitude, but she was at the age where a woman is allowed to have an attitude. It doesn't stop being cute (adorable, really) until 25 or so. By the time she was 25 years old, Cyntoia Brown had been in prison for upwards of 10 years—she had a right to be hostile!
But it seems like she got her life together, to the extent that someone behind bars can be said to have gotten their life together. There's another photo of her, accepting her associates degree, i.e. the degree they give you when you graduate (if you will) from community college. Supposedly, she's been a model prisoner, which shouldn't be discounted for the fact that she's in a girls prison.
So why can't we just let her out of prison?
Cyntoia Brown is in prison for murdering one of her johns. You wouldn't know that from checking Black People Twitter, which you shouldn't anyway. (It's just not a worthwhile use of your time.) Many people, including celebrities, are spreading the misinformation that she got locked up for killing her pimp Kutthroat—with two T's, for a double dose of this torture.
In reality, Brown shot a guy in his head while he was sleeping, then stole money and guns from his house and drove off in his truck. She claimed she was afraid he was going to kill her, but how could he have killed her if he was sleeping? I rest on your face.
Other things I'd like to know:
1) Where was Kutthroat during this?
Sometimes, I've been told, the pimp will sit outside the house in an '80s-era Mazda mini-truck, in case something goes wrong during the transaction. They can tell something's gone wrong because of all the screaming.
2) Why did she need the guy's money and guns?
If you're afraid someone is going to kill you, you don't shoot them in the head while they're sleeping and then rob them. She could have just as easily just left, without taking any of the guy's things.
Years ago, during a persistent bout of funemployment, I spent a lot of time researching the pimp game. I was thinking about a career change, but alas, my wrist wasn't strong enough. Nullus.
One of the many things I learned is that pimps won't keep very many, if any, black hoes in their stable, because the demand just isn't there. The white hoes, known as flat-backers, end up turning all the tricks, while the black hoes grow increasingly bitter, causing the pimp to have to go upside their heads.
If a pimp does employ (so to speak) a black hoo-er, he'll have her steal from her few clients, to supplement her income. Otherwise, it wouldn't be worth the money a pimp has to spend purchasing slutty outfits, plying his hoo-ers with drugs and occasionally bailing them out of jail.
In a truly just society, a 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown should have been able to clock just as much of a grip as all but the most attractive white women, the kind who only bang Hollywood producers and Senators. But it's likely that Kutthroat had her out here stealing. She had that gun on her just in case she got caught.
I've heard it argued that Brown shouldn't have been tried as an adult, or sentenced to life in prison, because she was underage and because she suffered a difficult upbringing. But those things should only be taken into account if you get caught shoplifting underwear from Victoria's Secret. Cyntoia Brown murdered a man in cold blood.
Furthermore, America's prisons are filled with guys who killed someone when they weren't quite 18. Unless literally all of them are also set free, to argue that Cyntoia Brown should be allowed to walk out of prison is sexist according to the actual definition of sexism, not whatever they're teaching in college these days.
Part of me wants her to get out, just so I can feel morally superior to almost everyone on the Internets (as Stephen Malkmus would say, it's what I want), but part of me fears that if she does get out she might read this and come looking for me. She has an associates degree, so presumably she knows how to read.