Clownish attacks on Baltimore state’s attorney aren’t from circusBy Richard B. Muhammad - Editor | Last updated: Jun 4, 2015 - 12:24:58 PM
BALTIMORE - State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and her husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby, and their children were guest ringmasters on a Friday afternoon during the UniverSoul Circus stop in Charm City.
Cedric Walker, the founder and CEO of the UniverSoul Circus, was born in Baltimore and attended Tuskegee University as did Ms. Mosby. She is a proud alum of the best known historically Black colleges and universities.
The Mosby family came on as a pre-show that featured local acts, including child performers and young dancers, ended.
Ms. Mosby, as an achiever, was selected for an award long before fame arose surrounding the Freddie Gray case. Unrest erupted in the city and protests around the country following Mr. Gray’s arrest, takedown and his death a week later on April 19. Mr. Gray’s voice box was crushed and his spine was “80 percent severed at his neck.” Video shot by a bystander shows him screaming in apparent agony as police drag him to a van. The state’s attorney charged six officers in connection with the death for failing to get medical attention for Mr. Gray and failure to use a safety belt to secure him in a police paddy wagon. The officers have been indicted and Ms. Mosby should be lauded for her independent and courageous stance as a prosecutor.
But at the UniverSoul Circus, she was trying to provide a living example and model good choices and behavior we say we want emulated—as part of a high achieving, loving and unified family. A family with a great mother, a great father and great children. Her appearance was in no way grandstanding. It was an embrace and inspiring message to our community and our children about the possibility for greatness we must strive for.
It’s too bad that some are so evil and others are so misinformed that they take the words of evil ones and run with them. Nothing the state’s attorney does is going to please those who are after her, unless she betrays her duty—which I don’t believe she will do.
She hasn’t done anything wrong, so she should not cower because the Fraternal Order of Police and defense lawyers aren’t happy with her decision and the mainstream media mindlessly repeats the false FOP arguments and creates a fake controversy.
The state’s attorney was called “inspiring” and “down to earth” by a Black mother who brought her children to the Universoul Circus. Ms. Mosby proves you can be an ordinary person and you can take a stand for what’s right, she added.
I think it’s our duty to stand with and defend the state’s attorney for giving us an example of what is possible when prosecutors are actually fair. What about you? Or are you content to let the clowns win?
Richard B. Muhammad is editor in chief of The Final Call newspaper. He can be reached through www.finalcall.com and at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find him on Facebook at Richard B. Muhammad and on Twitter: @RMfinalcall. His website is www.richardmuhammad.com. Catch his weekly segment Sundays at 8 a.m. CST on TouchFM.org.