Peggy Hubbard, an Illinois mother, has a message for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and she took to Facebook to voice her concerns.
In a video posted to her Facebook page, Hubbard said she believes that the outrage over the Aug. 19 St. Louis police shooting of 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey, whom she calls a "thug," was misdirected. She compares the community's concern over Ball-Bey's shooting with the lack of outrage about the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden Aug. 18. Jamyla was shot in the chest while she sat inside her Ferguson, Mo., home finishing her homework. Jamyla was killed by a stray bullet believed to have been fired during a drive-by shooting.
"Last night, who do you think they protested for? The thug, the criminal, because they're howling, 'Police brutality,' " Hubbard asked during her rant, posted Aug. 20, which has been viewed some 4 million times. "Are you kidding me? Police brutality? How about black brutality? A little girl is dead. You say black lives matter? Her life mattered. Her dreams mattered. Her future mattered. Her promises mattered. It mattered."
Hubbard served in the Navy, according to her Facebook page, and is a straight shooter who currently lives in Illinois but is originally from St. Louis. In the video, she notes that a single mother raised her and that she currently has a son in prison whom she turned in to the police:
Let me tell you something. I got a kid locked up. Oh yeah, I put him there. I turned his ass in. Yes I did because I'm a strong black woman. I am a black mother. I told my children that if you f—k up, if you go to jail, I am not getting you out. You will stay there. You will do the time. I'm not putting nothing on your books, I am not coming to visit you. I ain't sending you magazines. I'm not s—t for you because I did everything I could for you out here and yet you chose to go in there. F—k you …
If you don't care about me and your father working and putting in time and effort to raise you and be there for you. And we took note of everything you were interested in. And yet your stupid ass ends up in there. Then you belong in there. Don't drop the soap. That is what I told my son.
Since the video's release, she notes, she has received some messages of encouragement and some calling her names not fit to print. But, she adds, in a recent Facebook post:
Yes, I lashed out and gave it back. But, the high road is where I need to stay. I will not jump on your "hate white people!" I'm not built that way. I am not viable to my black community because I am not jumping on YOUR bandwagon to, hate the police, hate white people, scream racism, be "anti-government? Sorry to disappoint! But my momma did [sic] raise any fools. If your [sic] are standing around pointing blame? START WITH YOURSELVES! I speak from experience. You want "black lives matter?" Then START WITH YOUR BLACK LIFE!
See the video below (Editor's note: Some of the language contained in the video is NSFW):