If the Rodney King riots in LA in 1992 had a caption, it was, “Can’t we all just get along?”
The Mom of the Year award must go to theBaltimore woman captured on amateur videoyesterday who responded to the mayhem in the streets — as embodied by the young man who one supposes must be her son — like a parenting superhero. (The hashtag #momoftheyear is trending on social media.)At the Baltimore riots of 2015, the words that will echo long afterward are, “You want to be out here doing this dumb s - - t?”
She didn’t ask him to share his feelings, give him space to “blow off steam” or chant “No justice, no peace.” No, she took the no-excuses route, screaming some sense at the startled youngster while slapping him repeatedly in the face. Hard.
Hey, young man: You’ve just been publicly assaulted. Go ahead. Press charges. We’d all like to see you dare.
What Baltimore Mom and Baltimore Son illustrate is the forgotten truth that societal problems begin in the home. More often than we tend to admit anymore, problems can be solved there, too.