Ok, I’m on my Baltimore commentary as usual. In which I’ll talk about the hero mother per se in which many are not calling her a hero in the discipline of her only son, who was one of the few in the riots shooting rocks at the Baltimore Police Department. Basically, when I saw the footage of Toya Graham, smacking her son across the head on LIVE TV during the riots, many of her was dubbing another title of “Mother of the Year”, or Hero. Really? I question the “hero” part because Ms. Graham had done what any Black Mother or Black Aunt, or Black Grandmother, or any Black woman would do when encountering that black boy or black young male doing wrong for that particular reason! What is being a hero about this, White Supremacy? Nothing! That was her child. Her only son whom she was trying to save in not being a so-called statics in which many in the Black Community knows when dealing with the issues of young black males! Now the shift of all of this is like a distraction in getting to the real root of the problem: concerning the death of the 25 year old, Freddie Gray. I think we should not behoove the real core of this crime in dealing with the death of another black male whom now it’s been ruled a homicide by the 6 members of the Baltimore’s Police Department. You can throw out the rap sheet of Freddie Gray and turn on the Rap Sheet Alert on those 6 cops that stopped the life of this young man. Oh, and to the #AllLivesMatter squad, did Freddie’s life mattered? Before his life was vanquished with a severed spine and broken voice box?! Come on, tell me something! I happen to stumble on this story of the Washington Post in which I heard excerpts on my local radio station in regarding Toya Graham’s Son. Here are some of the quotes from the story, Why is America celebrating the beating of a Black Child?
The kind of violent discipline Graham unleashed on her son did not originate with her, or with my adoptive mother who publicly beat me when I was a child, or with the legions of black parents who equate pain with protection and love. The beatings originated with white supremacy, a history of cultural and physical violence that devalues black life at every turn. From slavery through Jim Crow, from the school-to-prison pipeline, the innocence and protection of black children has always been a dream deferred. The problem is that Graham’s actions do not assure that her son, and legions like him, will survive childhood. Recall the uncle who in 2011 posted a video recording of himself beating his teenage nephew for posting gang messages on Facebook. Acting out of love and fear for his life, he whipped the teen, but months later he was found dead anyway. Also this excerpt was interesting to summarize from the article in which the distracting part was mentioned: Praising Graham distracts from a hard truth: It doesn’t matter how black children behave – whether they throw rocks at the police, burn a CVS, join gangs, walk home from the store with candy in their pocket, listen to rap music in a car with friends, play with a toy gun in a park, or simply make eye contact with a police officer – they risk being killed and blamed for their own deaths because black youths are rarely viewed as innocent or worthy of protection. If there were an easy way to keep black children safe from police, out of prisons, morgues and graves, we would not have spent the past three years in an almost endless cycle of grieving the loss of young black people: Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Rekia Boyd, Jordan Davis, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray and . . . and . . . and . . . The list is too long to fit into my word count. This celebration of Graham reflects a belief that black youths are inherently problematic, criminal and out of control. The video also supports the idea that black fathers are absent, suggesting that all we need is an angry black mom to beat the “thug” out of an angry young man – and everything will be fine.
By the way, there is a report that 1.5 million African-American men are missing in the United States right now. And on a side note, Milwaukee has about 14,000 missing black males to keep count. Why, more on that later.
Since then we all know about the paid interviews, and various meetings and town hall discussions have or had taken place. We know, but what about afterwards when the interviews stop? Yes I know about the two week rule that it will all disappear. But seriously, the thought of justice or reclaiming the real effect of #BlackLivesMatter must never ever be overlooked! About these shootings of the police on unarmed black men/women, usually there are those who might say “oh, the police were just doing there job in the shootings.”
However: the best weapon that the average “joe schmoe” or “jill schome” has now on defense, is one thing: A cell phone with a camera on it. So if you get stopped by the police for no reason whatsoever and the cop or cops take advantage on your rights being violated always have a cell phone with you. Take pictures. Record Videos. And also, get their badge numbers and write a complaint! Share with your lawyers, your social media platforms, civil rights activists, or defense attorneys that can help you get you that justice you want!
I know many are going in on this, and I’ll agree it’s convenient!