By A Comeaux
I’m fresh out of chill or vain desire to beat around anyone’s bush so let me get right in…let's talk about Baltimore.
America loves a good ‘mammy’. They love a solid neck-rolling, two-snaps and an eye lash batting sister whose no nonsense candor gives them chuckles to boot! *cue NeNe on Glee and Broadway. Before you judge, pick a side, or defend, hear me out.
Black women have been going upside their kids’ heads since a flip mouth was detected. Mama’s been mama AND daddy for at least the last three generations. This isn’t news! This is the media’s savvy distraction from the truth: Where are the cops who took #FreddieGray into custody? How can a spine get severed 80% in less than a mile from the arrest to the police station? What exactly does this ‘investigation’ entail? Or has it come to a halt in light of the riots? Do you see where I’m going with this…?
America has been feeding us subpar validity to keep from being accountable. The media has continuously highlighted a certain stigma in our culture to keep from ever showcasing truly powerful, exceptional and empowered women of color. The much lauded rendering of #BaltimoreRiotMom shows us that they’d rather give us a headline than any ounce of accountability. Where’s Freddie Gray’s family? How many morning shows have they been invited to appear?
I speak from two narratives: I am a black woman. I mother a black male child. I get it. I’ve taken my Sun to march for Trayvon with our #HoodiesUp. I’ve taken my Sun to protest for #BlackLivesMatter. I’m teaching my Sun the ‘right’ way to fight for what you believe in, how to speak for the muted and how to navigate through a system that was never designed for his success.
I applaud that mom for getting her child out of the streets at the very minimum. But I am far more focused on the cause of that riot than I am the sideline news they deem to make headlines.
I am no mammy.
I am no media distraction for doing what a mother should to prevent her seed from destruction. I should not make headlines for being responsible for my child. All media attention should focus on the solution starting with the investigation and accountability for the murderers of #FreddieGray.
I’m A Comeaux and I want to know what happened to Freddie Gray.
A Comeaux is the writer, speaker and actor who poetically paints pictures of life and love with a paradoxical perspective. Follow her on Twitter @KCOSpoke
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