Their rationale is that hey, at least his mother is calling him out for what he is.
However, they are wrong. They are seeing anger on the part of this
mother, when what they should really be seeing is fear. She is afraid.
She may be slapping her son because the riots he had participated in are
occurring because yet another unarmed black man has been killed by
police. She has probably, like all black parents, talked to her son
about how one wrong move can get you killed by the cops, and about how
frightening white people find people of color. She has probably talked
to him about the way he dresses, about not walking in certain
neighborhoods, about not making eye contact with unknown white people,
and especially white cops.