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Korryn Gaines advice to her son regarding police: 'You fight them'

Korryn Gaines advice to her son regarding police: 'You fight them'

The death of Korryn Gaines is now under the microscope of official investigation and social media deconstruction. But I have been drawn to one aspect of what is now known about the 23-year-old mother of two who held Baltimore County police officers at bay for seven hours last week before they gunned her down and wounded her 5-year-old son.

She instructed her son, Kodi, to view police as enemies who must be resisted: "You fight them. They are not for us."

When I think about motherly advice, I think of "Mother to Son," the Langston Hughes poem from the 1920s that begins, "Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair." It goes on...

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