It Was Too Late

17 08 2016

Baltimore

Me, December 17, 2015, in my year in review and its Baltimore section:

One of the people participating in the looting was a woman by the name of Toya Graham.  In the process, she saw both TV cameras and her own 15-year old son also participating in the festivities, so she decided to show off and pretend to discipline her son.  And now you know the story of “Riot Mom.”

Not so long ago, I would have been cheering her, provided I didn’t know she was also a looter herself.  However, if that kind of discipline was at all effective, and by the time they’re 15 years old, it’s counterproductive even if it is effective for younger children, then what is any son of hers doing participating in looting during a riot?  Though like I said, that was a matter of the apple not falling far from the tree.  This is indicative of my mixed feelings about corporeal punishment.

Now?  We have an unsurprising follow-up.

 


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