This is a follow up to our post, Mom Sets #BaltimoreRiots Son Straight.

The two sat down for an interview with ABC News:

The teenage boy publicly shamed when his mom smacked him around at the Baltimore riots this week said he knows she “really cares about me.”

A video shows Michael Singleton being dragged from the protests and whacked by his mother, Toya Graham, after she saw him on television and recognized a key piece of clothing.

“What caught my eye was his sweatpants,” she told ABC News. “Even though he had on all black, I knew those sweatpants he had on, they had a stripe on the side of it and then his eye contact met mine. And I knew that was my son.”

Though he was visibly annoyed and tried brushing off his mom in the video that has now gone viral, the 16-year-old recognizes that she was just looking out for him.

“I’m like, ‘Oh man! What is my momma doing down here?'” Michael told ABC News, laughing while thinking back to the moment his mom nabbed him Monday afternoon.

“All my friends know my mother. Every time they see her they’re like, ‘Toya coming.’ Oh, yeah she’s coming. Everybody better get straight,” he said.

He added: “I understand how much my mother really cares about me. I just got to try to do better.”


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A good ending to what could have been a tragic event.

But not to Stacey Patton, “senior enterprise reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education” and adjunct professor of American history at American University, who saw racial profiling in all the praise heaped on Mom, Why is America celebrating the beating of a black child?:

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.

In a nutshell, so much of what is wrong with academia and the left-wing narrative.