Toya Graham is the toast of the town. She is still being touted as the mother of the year. She is the mother that gave her son a very public beat down and the world is applauding her, but should they? If she did this same act on any other day she would have been arrested. Graham has been on CBS, CNN, NBC and ABC, but a year from now where will she and her son be?
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Yesterday we saw young people go wild. They called it a “purge”, and unbridled lawlessness is what we witnessed. It was hard to watch but impossible to stop watching. As I watched children, yes children hurl rocks at the police I wondered did they have malice in their hearts or were they part of what they saw as some kind of sick game. The rock throwing was bad enough but the looting took it to another level. Freddie Gray has nothing to do with a young person wearing a new pair of stolen Jordans today. Over the past 24 hours I have heard pundits, community leaders and ministers try to explain the frustration of the young people, and while that exists it is no excuse for arson, but my real question is where were their parents? Some parents might have been at work, but I’m sure some of them were at their homes and if you lived in the city or the suburbs of Baltimore you knew what was going down at Mondawmin Mall. Parents are responsible for their minor children and it will be interesting when the police start looking at pictures and tapes and identify the children will they also arrest the parent.
Today, Freddie Gray will be buried. He died from injuries sustained while in custody of the Baltimore Police. Gray had a police record, but over the last few days we have heard him described as a jokester and an all around good guy. Both of these things could be true. You can have a police record and you can also be a good guy around your family and friends. You can also be a victim without being an angel. You might have done all kinds of criminal things or simply unkind things, but if you are killed at the hands of the police you are the victim. We don’t need anyone to try to redesign or refine your real narrative in an effort for the victim to receive justice.
Last night we watched people commit criminal acts on the streets of Baltimore. The people who committed these acts were not protesting the death of Freddie Gray. No they were out on the street “wilding”. So what do you call people who perpetrate these kinds of acts? Do you call them thugs or do you call them animals? Are they simply beyond redemption? When and if they are found should we lock them up and throw away the key? Or do we simply call them criminal? These people are not savages or animals they are simply people who made unwise choices. We have to watch the labels we attach to people. We need to address the behavior but we can’t afford to throw people away. People commit all kinds of crimes and they are punished for them but they are able to make a comeback and we need to look at the people from last night as people who have the ability to make a comeback. They have to acknowledge their deeds and in some cases accept the punishment for their deeds, but we can’t afford to throw them away.
I saw this clip on the Fox Insider website with the title, CJ Pearson Owns Al Sharpton. If own means a 12 year old talks about an adult like they are equals than he did it, but I have a problem with this type of disrespect coming out of the mouth of a child. No it was not profane, but disrespectful none the less. We hear teachers complain about the way students talk to them. When we grew up children were seen but not heard. There actually was adult conversation, and they would kindly tell you to leave the room when they wanted to have some. No one is asking for a step backward, but while Rev. Al Sharpton might not be everyone’s cup of tea he deserves more than this. No child should feel this comfortable speaking this way about an adult. What do you think? Share your thoughts.
Walter Scott was pulled over for a broken taillight. Why did he end up dead. According to Officer Michael Slager Scott was shot because the officer feared for his life. The tape seems to suggest something far different. Slager has been charged with murder. Thank God for the video.
Yesterday my heart grieved as I saw Atlanta teachers and administrators being led off to prison. How did these college educated men and women get so far off track? They cheated. They cheated the students, the system and themselves and now they are going to prions, but we also have to ask were they also victims? Were they handed unrealistic goals to meet? I saw a clip of a 16 year old testifying against them and she said that she read at a middle school level, but the altered test results claimed she was at grade level. Was she a victim? Yes, but is that strictly the fault of the teachers? Shouldn’t her parents or parent have known that she was not up to par in her reading skills? Don’t get me wrong they should be punished and if they received bonuses they should have to return the money, but should they be sent to prison for years? These defendants were treated like they were members of the mafia. Punish them, but don’t destroy them. Do they really deserve to be roommates with rapists and murderers? Read the linked article and share your thoughts.
I love a good brunch. You get to sit back and simply enjoy the food, the drink and the company. It’s a peaceful time unless you are at this restaurant in Atlanta. Is this an acceptable form of protest. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
This week Starbucks wanted to initiate a conversation on race. Social media immediately mocked the effort. some joked and said all they want from Starbucks is coffee, and they wanted it quickly. They did not have time for a conversation. Some belittled the baristas and doubted if they could facilitate such a discussion. Others took the racial route and said black people would want to hit the barista if they said the wrong thing. Well, when you look at this week you have to see somebody needs to start the conversation. The DOJ report refuted the “hands up Don’t Shoot” narrative. A black man was found lynched and we saw a UVA honor student was brutally thrown to the ground as he was arrested. The student sustained a head injury that required 10 stitches. That case is still unfolding but we also heard the student call the policeman a “racist”. Why did he call him that? Did the cop say something to the student or was the policeman’s whiteness enough to justify the name? Yes, we do need a conversation. Maybe Starbucks is not the venue but we need to reserve a space somewhere.
How did you feel when you watched the tape of the girl fight in the McDonald’s in Brooklyn? If you were repulsed then join the club, but millions of viewers seemingly enjoyed watching the girls give a 15 year old a beat down. The media is saying that this was gang related. Well that explains it. Except it does not. How did these girls arrive at this intersection? At what point did they think this kind of violence was acceptable? The disturbing thing is this type of violence is becoming more and more common. The ringleader of the girl gang has a history of violence which includes stabbing her brother and beating up her grandmother. If she treats her own family this way she truly had not problem inflicting pain on an enemy. So what is going to happen to this 16 year old and her band of delinquents? She is currently being held on $500,000 bond. Sure they will be tried in the courts and they will probably serve some time but is that the answer? Lock them up and throw away the key? So when they get out they are older and more bitter? As a mother I wonder what should happen to these girls? They are still girls. Can they be helped? Do they need incarceration or counselling or both? The ringleader of the group has a child. What’s going to happen to her? What do you think? Share your thoughts