During the Baltimore riots, many African Americans protested their mistreatment by police forces. However, among these were also anti-protesters. A video that depicts a mother slapping her son for harming the police has gone viral. This video is a symbol of the little ounce of humanity that remains, even in the midst of violence and tension. The mother, Toya Graham, said Tuesday that she did it because she didn’t want her son to become another Freddie Gray. Gray was one of several possible African American victims. Two wrongs have never made a right, and that is the message that many wish to give. While some police may be racist or unjust with their charges, it is unfair to target all police for the acts of a single person. This happens all the time with Muslims- we express our hate toward an entire race because of the actions of a human who happened to be Muslim. Upon hearing about Graham, the nation has reacted in a more positive manner- expressing their gratitude for being an African American and standing up for the police forces. Police already have a very dangerous job, and whether or not they are in the wrong, it is the responsibility of the public to react appropriately. This certainly does not mean brutally targeting the police- the very people who aim to protect us. Tameka Brown, sister of Graham, says her brother is lucky he was stopped. They were trying to protect their family in the midst of a crisis- the reasonable thing to do. These actions speak much louder than brutality against police. They are a sure sign of humanity even in the darkest of times.
Samantha Barnes, Staff Writer
Junior Samantha Barnes is a staff writer for the 2014-2015 Colonel. She competes all over New England with her three horses and plays basketball at school.