So we’ve heard both sides already. Toya Graham, the Baltimore mother who beat her son on television. And also her son, who pretty much said he deserved it. Many people applaud the mother, but even more are shaking their heads at her.
What Graham’s action showed is that there is a distinct line between abuse and discipline. And that some people still find the abusive forms for out of hand discipline OK.
If that was my son, he probably would have gotten grabbed by his collar and dragged down the street. Would there have been punches? Hell no. I don’t call that discipline. But there would have been discipline and not in front of the whole world to see. The irony of the matter is that some of these people praising this woman, are the same people who would call the cops on her if she was ‘disciplining’ her son, at let’s say, a Wal-Mart.
In a perfect world, Graham’s son would have been home watching tv and having dinner. In a perfect world, Freddie Gray’s spine would still be intact and he would be alive. But since we don’t live in a perfect world, I understand Graham’s actions. But don’t condone them.