Stacey Patton, a professor of American History at American University, wrote the stupidest thing I’ve read in the Washington Post in quite a long time. How could they publish this idiocy?
You have all seen the video of the mom who finds her son out rioting in Baltimore and smacks him upside the head on national television. It seemed to the country to be a moment of sanity. But Professor Patton had a different take:
It’s not surprising that a black mother in Baltimore who chased down, cursed and beat her 16-year-old son in the middle of a riot has been called a hero. In this country, when black mothers fulfill stereotypes of mammies, angry and thwarting resistance to a system designed to kill their children, they get praised.
“He gave me eye contact,” Toya Graham told CBS News. “And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that — that’s my only son and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray. Is he the perfect boy? No he’s not, but he’s mine.”
In other words, Graham’s message to America is: I will teach my black son not to resist white supremacy so he can live.
I have to ask what about looting resists white supremacy? The Washington Post should be embarrassed. American University should be embarrassed.
This professor is essentially endorsing the riots, the violence, and the looting. And she’s teaching kids. Better yet, people are paying over $41,000 per year to have this woman teach students about American history.