Its mother's day and everything seems to be quite lovely.
No one is talking about how to improve mothers or motherhood. Everyone seems to be simply reveling in the joy of the day. As it should be, it seems to be a full on celebration of the institution of motherhood and nothing else. Let's see if we can hold this spirit for another month.
Happy mother's day to all the mothers of the world.
The streets will steal your child if you are not vigilant, and sometimes even if you are. This is how you keep your child alive in the hood. But you cannot wait until his age is in double digits before you begin. This was a well worn path for this mother. She has been doing this for this child for a long time and to be quite frank, her assault on her child is probably illegal.
If it weren't for the riots, some child welfare agency would be "looking into the situation". And were it not for the fact that his compatriots had just looted and burned down the local CVS pharmacy, you would have a bunch of well intentioned but completely ignorant child advocates talking in hushed tones about the long term effects of corporal punishment. What the child advocates fail to do is balance that risk against the long term effects of being dead. If not today, then the Popo will see him tomorrow, Freddie Grey style.
Let's be clear, you do not need active riots in the streets to lose your child to those streets. Kids are won and lost every day of the week. So the next time some well meaning do gooders start talking about damaging the child's self esteem, we need to pull this video clip out and shove it up their self assured asses and run it on infinite loop.
That is not to say that there are no limits, I don't know what Adrian Peterson was thinking, but sometimes a little well placed physical and psychological terror is how you take your child back from the streets. It remains unclear whether or not this mother will ultimately prevail in saving her child from the Sirens song of the street, but I am certain that a little time out will not get the job done.
This young man had absolutely no fear of the heavily armed and probably quite pissed off Baltimore police officers who are notorious for putting the smack down on knuckleheads who cross their paths. But the child has nothing but retreat from his Mama. You can even see it in his face when he contemplates some sort of retaliation against his mother. And shortly after that you can see in his face when he realizes that retaliation is not the move. Sister girl did not come here to lose and homeboy knows it. Right now he has only been a little embarrassed in front of his friends. Imagine the ridicule he will face if his Mama has to execute a full mat take down on his ass.
Child advocates should perhaps be a bit more circumspect in their assessments before they dispense their "wisdom", particularly in places where the rules don't apply in the same way it applies in your burg. In the untamed wilderness of the hood you do whatever you have to do to save your children and sometimes that means a good wallop up side the head.