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Go beyond hype of Baltimore 'Mom of the Year'

Published:Wednesday | May 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM


While I applaud that mother for reprimanding her son for being out in the Baltimore demonstrations because of many situations in the United States where black men are being unfairly targeted and killed by police, we must not take away from the gravity of institutional racism in America and Europe.

This covert racism is being sanctioned by privileged black people like that Winnipeg police chief whom I see as a classic Uncle Tom and the cabin all in one.

The fact of the matter is that there are faceless institutions that support the classism and bigotry in our society, and we have the subalterns who are sometimes black people who are given positions of privilege to help contain their people.

Nelson Mandela, now heralded as an icon of civil rights, was once a freedom fighter who had to resort to destroying property to get the attention of the racist South African authorities.

So while that boy should be at home doing his homework and getting ready to make himself better able to deal with the unlevel world he is almost sure to face, we must not lose sight of the fact that as black people, many of us need to know where we are in this struggle for full equality under the law of any land that talks about democracy and freedoms.