A suspected rioter in Baltimore got the smackdown of his life Monday by his mom on television. (WMAR)
What a head lines! Baltimore is burning with a race riot, the National Baseball League will have a game in Baltimore but no fans in the stadium,and this mom makes the news! Now, for years we have seen parents/adults punished for the display of beating your child in public but her she is applauded for it. White people, make up your mind. If you are Black, you can beat your kids in public but if you are white, you will go to jail for beating your kid in public. Well, maybe it’s alright this time because of the current racial charged injustice of police killing another young Black man, this time in Baltimore.
A young Black man, Freddie Gray died in Baltimore police custody from of a severe spinal cord injury. How did that happen? It’s yet to be determined. As always, the protest marches demanding justice for the death of Freddie Gray started peacefully. But, the protest event turned ugly with burning, looting and throwing rocks at police officers. Now, the National Guard is helping to keep the peace.
Now back to mom. Well, they have her labeled “angry mom” – I guess it goes with “angry Black woman” that’s one of our labels too.
Why is mom angry could be the reason this mother gets a “no charges will be filed” ticket! It is “Willie Lynch” time yall. Yes, it’s been said that Black folks discipline their children authoritatively. As Black folks in America we were trained by the society we live in to put fear in our children. There was a time, not long ago, they we went to bed in fear. Yes fear. Fear that we would be accused of a minor infraction and lose our lives. Our own beds were not a safe haven because you could be pulled out of bed and lynched. Emmett Till. Today that fear is in a traffic stop.
As a grandmother, fear fills my heart when I hear of a traffic stop where a Black male loses his life. I look at the car and pray that it’s not my grandson. Or, suffer another dagger to the heart when a young Black man that I know as a wonderful kid loses his life senselessly. I cry too easy these days!
I understand the fear of this mother that her son is in danger in this country and she got to do what she got to do to keep him out of harm’s way. Like she said, “don’t want him to end up like Freddie Gray.”