by Frederick H. Lowe
I don’t in anyway support Toya Graham’s treatment of her teenage son during the recent rebellion in Baltimore.
Graham received considerable praise from blacks as well as whites after a video of her cursing and slapping her teenage son went viral. Some media outlets said Graham ‘scolded’ her son. All of us know the difference between a beating and a scolding. One black woman wrote,”Go, Girl,” and a white man called her mother of the year.
Every caring parent worries about their children, but Graham hitting her son and cursing him and then chasing him and repeatedly hitting him further was abuse.
If Graham happened to be a white woman, she would have been arrested and charged with assault.
But this type of behavior is encouraged in the black community. I know why the video went viral. Most people are afraid of black men and black boys. Black men suffer from a daily onslaught of microaggressions designed to demean us and lead us to question our worth, even our right to exist.
They want to see us beaten and even murdered to send some sort of a message like lynching did.
Graham claimed she slapped and cursed her son because she did not want him to end up like Freddie Gray, the 25 year-old man black who died of a severe-neck injury in police custody.
Gray was alive when the cops arrested him for the crime of staring at them. Graham said she became angry when her son gave her “eye contact.” Sound familiar?
If Graham is that violent in public, I can only guess what goes on in her home. Like me, everyone did not support Graham’s actions. According to news reports, Child Protective Services in Baltimore saw the video and the agency will investigate Graham’s abuse.