Essay on The Death Of The Year By Toya Graham

811 Words Nov 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Toya Graham became the unofficial “Mom of the Year” when she caught her son rioting during the conflict in Baltimore back in April earlier this year. Mayhem erupted in Baltimore after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died from injuries sustained during an arrest. Cameras were rolling as Toya slapped her son and tried to take him away from the disturbance, and that video footage went viral and gained mixed opinions about the manner.
Since the video went viral, the conversation about the state of Black motherhood was the topic of discussion in America. The video shows Toya smacking her son against his head after seeing him on the news as one of many participating in the riots following the death of Freddie Gray. Her rage and anger towards her son’s actions comes from the fear that many Black moms raising sons in this country have developed after the continuation of the racial profiling by authorities have shown the Black community. Should we judge her? No. Honestly, we should understand her and look at her fear as the issue itself so we can begin to fix the complexity of raising Black children in America.
Put yourself in Toya’s shoes: You’ve just lost a job, you have a household to maintain, 6 children to provide for financially, mentally and spiritually while keeping yourself sane. Now imagine that you’re Toya watching the news, following another police brutality case, and you see your only son throwing rocks at police instead of marching for peace.…

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