I saw this clip about four years ago and it has stayed with me ever since.
It might sound dramatic but shows like this are sometimes too much for me. This is not just television...shows like The Wire and The Corner are frighteningly accurate depictions of life in the inner city, and of people like this lady, who are vehemently and violently opposed to any type of positive change.
How do you deal with someone like her?
After you meet her, you recognize that her son needs even more help than you thought. And besides help, he needs protection...FROM HER!!!! For those of you who don't know, in other episodes she belittles him for not being a better drug dealer, refuses to work and places the burden of financial support on her teenage son. It may seem extreme, but people like her do exist, and in some areas, they are the norm.
Here are some of the questions that would come up in my team meeting:
- Do you continue to talk to her son against her wishes?
- Do we attempt to remove him from the home immediately?
- What if she slaps you? Lol, but seriously. What if?
It seems like no matter what, she was dead set on her son ending up dead or in jail. In her mind, dying in the street over drugs, or rotting in prison is the real definition of a "soldier," and she obviously respected drug dealers a hell of a lot more than teachers. Whats even worse, is that her son had decided to choose a different life and she was there at every point to guide him back down a negative path. Scary indeed.