Stacey Patton, a professor of American History at American University, argues that mothers shouldn’t stop their children from participating in violent protests because they are part of an effort to resist white supremacy.
Specifically, Patton critizes Americans for celebrating Toya Graham, the mother who pulled her 16-year-old son out of a Baltimore riot and slapped some sense into him before he found himself in jail or dead. The young man, Michael Singleton, later apologized on ABC News for participating in the violence that has been tearing the city apart.
Patton responds in the Washington Post:
It’s not surprising that a black mother in Baltimore who chased down, cursed and beat her 16-year-old son in the middle of a riot has been called a hero. In this country, when black mothers fulfill stereotypes of mammies, angry and thwarting resistance to a system designed to kill their children, they get praised.
“He gave me eye contact,” Toya Graham told CBS News. “And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that — that’s my only son and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray. Is he the perfect boy? No he’s not, but he’s mine.”
In other words, Graham’s message to America is: I will teach my black son not to resist white supremacy so he can live.
If you find yourself at American U, you’ll want to avoid this professor at ALL costs.
Patton writes, “Praising Graham distracts from a hard truth: It doesn’t matter how black children behave – whether they throw rocks at the police, burn a CVS, join gangs, walk home from the store with candy in their pocket, listen to rap music in a car with friends, play with a toy gun in a park, or simply make eye contact with a police officer – they risk being killed and blamed for their own deaths because black youths are rarely viewed as innocent or worthy of protection.”
It doesn’t matter if black children join gangs? Or burn a CVS? How anyone can defend the riots, looting, destruction of property and the targeting and injuring of police officers is beyond me. It accomplishes nothing except the destruction of your own community.
Will American University continue to let this professor shape the minds of young people? If they do, will the alumni of American University continue to donate while Patton is teaching her version of American History? Let’s hope not.
Our friends at Truth Revolt found this brilliant response on Twitter:
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) April 30, 2015
Here’s the video of Toya Graham pulling her masked 16-year-old son out of a Baltimore riot: