I think #CorporalPunishment is wrong and I support #BaltimoreMom

Baltimore Mother Toya Graham became a heroine almost from the moment the first video of her roughing up her son for rioting Monday emerged on social media.

But, just a day later, it seems, some commenters are questioning her use of corporal punishment and the rush to crown Graham with titles such as “Heroine” and “America’s Favorite Mom.”

I don’t buy that routinely “beating” your kids makes them good because I know a ton of black folks who do and their kids have more issues than the majority of children of parents — black, white, other — I know who oppose corporal punishment.

However, I support Graham’s decision to use physical punishment in disciplining her quite-taller-than-her teenage son when she discovered he was in the streets looting and rioting because this was an extreme incident calling for extreme action.

I simply do not think she would have gotten the message across — or, frankly, successfully removed him or even herself from the scene — by politely asking him to leave.

Graham is a heroine because she wasn’t afraid to go against the party line at that moment that said rioting was the way to express the community’s outrage over the mysterious death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray on April 19.

I love her for being outraged and, frankly, “humiliating” her son in front of his peers because she expects better of him even if “the other kids are doing it.”

Handle your business, Ms. Graham.

#BaltimoreRiot #corporalpunishment

[Image from US Magazine story: http://ow.ly/MhH6r%5D

Jobs, Strong Families the Solution to the Rage in Baltimore and other Poor, Urban Communities

My 10 cents: Back in the day, folks could work in factories, fields, mines and build and have families. When you have families, you have a dedicated base for human development, the learning of values and a setting for planning a solid future.
When you have jobs and solid families you have people with direction.
Too many of our poor, urban fam have neither.
We need to change this. We need to get serious about finding real solutions to this tragic problem that affects all U.S. citizens.
They aren’t just burning down “their” communities, they are burning down America. 

Here’s the latest New York Times report on the #Baltimore riot: ow.ly/Megc2
[Getty Image from New York Times]