Former rookie police officers seek to blame Chauvin in Floyd death. See tributes to George Floyd painted on walls worldwide. Al Sharpton is more hopeful today than ever. Here's why. Floyd's brother shares what it was like growing up with George. All four ex-officers charged in Floyd's death amid protests.
That's the sweetest name in the world to me. Ever since I was three, I yearned for that title and privilege. Year after year during my childhood, I asked for the same Christmas presents -- a doll, a stroller, a set of dishes. I wanted a way to show my child the world and introduce the world to my child.
When I got my dishes and doll, I crafted elaborate table settings for my mud pie meals so the "baby" would know how much I treasured her. Christy Oglesby. Years later, I'm blessed to have become Mama. Drew, my black son, my gift, knows I cherish him.
He's a grown man who has made a documentary in Israel, snorkeled numerous foreign waters, toured the US. So he was who I thought of when tears burst from my eyes listening to George Floyda man in Minneapolis. His final minutes in the custody of the Mama Call were captured in a devastating videoas he screamed "Mama. Floyd's mother is deceased. But in his cry -- "Mama! Hope because in that moment he hoped the person who gave him life could save his life even in death. She'd undoubtedly done it before when she was alive.
And horror because that's never how a black mama wants to hear her sacred title. Read More. It's an unwavering declaration of faith. Whether they are three, 12, 20 or 46, like Floyd, children yell it when they're excited, proud, threatened or in pain. The child is certain of the response. Mothers often know instinctively by the tone and timbre of voice which it is, and while they're running toward that sound, they're already forming a plan for what to do to help.
Tearful CNN commentator: There's just so much pain I've heard that sound of panicked hope and belief that I could, and would, solve all problems and heal all wounds.
I've heard it whimpered at my bedside at 2 a. I've heard it summon me when window-rattling thunder rocked the house and tethered my son to his bed with so much fear that he couldn't make the short run to my room.
After tumbles from merry-go-rounds, while he gripped my hand waiting for the meds to relieve the dizzying pain from having four stubborn wisdom teeth removed, and most recently when the flu landed him in the hospital, and Mama Call was 1, miles away -- I heard it. I came running. I heard Floyd scream "Mama," and through my tears, even though I knew the events in the video had already unfolded to a tragic conclusion, I was still ready to fight.
He wasn't my baby, but he was someone's child. And he needed someone with a mother's love to help him. Over the years between my son and me, "Mama" has become "Mom," and his squealy voice has transformed to a deep heaviness that rivals Barry White. At 20 years old and 6 feet tall, his voice isn't the only thing that's different.
The meaning and tone have changed, Mama Call. When he calls me "Mom," it's protective. There's a question mark behind it when he finds me on the condiments aisle talking to a strange man who's looking for dry mustard in the wrong place.
I go to the attic. I pump the gas. But he thought there was an intruder and I was pleading for my life. Christy Oglesby with her son, Drew. In his mind, the roles have changed. He thinks about protecting me. Caring for me. But I'm still and will always be Mama.
That's my job. But I'm tired. I'm tired of being scared for him. I'm tired of reading about Ahmaud, TravisGeorge and so many others. The list never stops. I need the white mamas to share this burden. I need my white friends to love me and mine enough to come running, too.
I need them Mama Call hear that cry and to tell their sons and daughters that my child is a human. I need them to declare and believe that he's in danger, that I can't protect him by myself and that his life matters to me and to them.
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