There is a video going around Facebook of a mother assaulting her son who was rioting in Baltimore. (http://abc7.com/news/video-angry-baltimore-mom-beats-son-suspected-of-rioting/684791/) My first thought was “violence begets violence”. When I saw the video posted by a friend who authors a Facebook page and blog here on WordPress (http://unschoolingmommaandpoppy.com/), I felt the urge to comment. I stated:
I would not beat my child to get them away. I understand fully the gravity of the situation. I would be crying, begging, pleading with them to come away with me. I would know that I understand why they feel the need to be there. I would offer to help them voice their protest in a safer, more effective way. If they still would not come away with me, I would stand in front of them and say “I understand that I can’t make you leave, but I cannot leave you, my child, in a place where you may be harmed. So I will stand here and protect you, with my own body if I must. Because I love you more than life itself. And while I disagree with your actions, I cannot leave you here to potentially die. I will stay here and spend what may be your last moments on Earth with you.”
Which actions do you think would have more of an impact on that human life, and on the lives of any who witnessed the interaction?
Apparently, my comment has garnered much attention. A lot of it has been positive, some negative. I’ve even been called names and told I don’t know what I’m talking about because I’m not “black”. To which I reply:
As a result of my comment, however, I’ve been invited to a Q&A on someone else’s blog. (Stay tuned!) I’m honored and humbled that my honesty and openness have touched so many. I used to aspire to do many things in my life; lately, I have adopted a “what will be, will be” attitude. When I started my blog 6 months ago, I never would have imagined that nearly 50 people would be “following” my posts. And now, it seems I may actually have a chance at being a “real” author. And on today, of all days…my birthday! What an incredible gift! I’m excited to see where the next trip around the sun will take me. If I can inspire just one person, ignite a spark of doubt or interest or change in one person, then I will have not begun this journey in vain.
I write this blog as if I am talking to my children; if I happen to inspire someone else along the way, that will be but a happy side effect of my time spent documenting my thoughts and feelings. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to read my posts!