Before I get to my point, I just want to say that the struggles happening in Baltimore, as well as the other areas with similar situations, are a symptom of a very real problem. My goal in this post is not to minimize that issue. This is not a political blog. I do not pretend to know enough about the racial tensions plaguing our country to put my opinions out there for consideration.
I talk on this blog about my thoughts on parenting, womanhood, and maybe occasionally other topics I feel knowledgeable enough to address. In this case, I want to talk about this video that has been circulating on social media…
According to reports I’ve seen, this is a mother upset with her son for participating in the riots in Baltimore. The vast majority of comments are congratulating the mother…
While I can definitely understand this mother not wanting her child involved in these events for a whole host of reasons, this is not an example of good parenting. In addition, I can’t help but feel like a lot of people are being hypocritical by congratulating this mother, while simultaneously condemning the rioting (not to mention the peaceful protesting that is hardly even being addressed in the media). (*side note, I do NOT condone the rioting.)
I don’t care how old he is, or that he is taller than her, or about any of that bullshit. Bottom line, she is acting in pure anger and beating her son. Why is this ok?!?!? If she were doing this to a stranger, she’d be arrested for assault. If this were a video of a man with his daughter, or even a woman with a daughter, people would be up in arms. Oh, wait… what if this were a video of any other two people (say, a protester and a police officer…)? This is not an act to be congratulated or celebrated.
Violence begets violence, guys. And for the commenters who have been saying she “obviously disciplines well” because he’s obeying her… how about the fact that if he respects her and listens to her, she shouldn’t NEED to hit him? If her way of getting him to do what she wants is to hit him, what has that taught him about how to get others to do what he wants? And since I’m already standing on my soapbox judging this woman whom I don’t even know, let’s consider that if he really respected her, he would’ve known she didn’t want him there and never gone in the first place!
*Steps off soapbox*