Why the Baltimore mom is a big deal!
The story has gone viral.
Baltimore is in chaos. Live footage from the riots is streaming into millions of homes from camera crews on the scene. One mom watching the news on her couch notices a young man. It’s her son! He is live on TV throwing rocks at police officers. This mom takes action like a Special Forces soldier on a mission, marches down into the chaos and accomplishes what the police force could not.
See, the police and National Guard eventually did CONTAIN people. That’s not the deeper issue though. Did you notice the boy didn’t fight back against his mom? He will go to war against a system he doesn’t believe in, but he doesn’t dare try to come against mom!
I love the way Ruben Navarrette, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post states it:
“The video shows Graham furiously grabbing her son’s sweater, yelling at him, and shoving him away from the crowd. It also shows her slapping him in the head and ripping off his hoodie and mask, as if to say: ‘I’m your mother! You’re not going to hide from me!’ The same young man who — just a few minutes earlier — hadn’t been afraid to hurl rocks at police was frantically trying to get away from his mother.”
Nowhere in history has a state taken the place of a family successfully! Do you see it?
An unarmed mom subdued a rioter. Why? Because she has his heart!
I’m not saying I hold her up as the model parent. Whether you agree or disagree with her method, the fact is even imperfect parenting has MORE power over the heart then any court or legal system.
A family has MORE POWER than any state over individuals. Let that sink in deep for a moment. Relationships trump law.
Law alone can’t contain the human heart for long. There is only one tool powerful enough to grab our hearts – love. And yes, even tough love!
Ruben continues in his article:
“Where were the parents or guardians for the rest of these kids? They need to step up, too. No more tolerating lawlessness, or making excuses, or blaming misbehavior on societal ills. Normally, this young man might be arrested, put in a cell, and hauled into court. In this case, Hero Mom was the police, prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner — all rolled into one.”
Do you see it? She did this with no riot gear, no weapon, no tear gas, and no need for superior strength.
Just maybe there is more to the power of family than popular politics would like us to think. It’s almost like we were designed for them. 🙂
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Navarrette, Ruben http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/04/28/hero-baltimore-riots-mom/