Anyone who accuses these thugs of heartless, abominable behavior is afraid of accused of being racist.
Bad behavior isn't unique to one race; in fact, equal butt kicking for all could cure many of our nation's ills. You misbehave, you suffer the consequences...appropriate consequences. If parents would start that policy early enough, behavior could be changed.
Instead, "society" expects the schools and teachers, who are often cowed by the petty tyrants who run the schools, to fill in the gap created by laissez faire parents.
There's no doubt that young Black males face significant barriers to success in their lives; one of the most significant barriers is evident in this posting at The Root entitled "Mixed Emotions about the Knockout Game." Where the "mixed emotions" come in isn't really stated and is, quite frankly, mystifying.
I’m sad because, to a certain degree, we’ve failed our youth. We no longer have the “It takes a village” mentality. If we see a neighbor’s teenage daughter twerking, cursing and carrying on in the street, we walk right by, thinking, “Glad that’s not my child.” We’ve failed because we don’t fight for more free after-school programs that would provide our young people with a creative outlet and safe haven where they can be teens. Instead, they’ve resorted to creating violent games out of boredom.
What it all boils down to, for me, at least, is that we’re all somewhat responsible for the knockout game. Yes, these teens should know better than to take part in such foolishness. At the same time, though, I fear for my young black and brown brothers and sisters who, much like victims of stop and frisk, might be wrongfully accused of playing this game simply because they fit a particular description.Well, yes, we have failed our youth.
We've failed them because we don't speak of God; we don't hold them accountable for their bad behavior. We accept poor work in school and blame it on environmental or institutional racism.
We've failed them because we depend on "free after-school programs" to provide a "creative outlet and safe haven" for young men, the greater percentage of whom have no father figures, little family structure and few expectations other than the lowest society can set for just about anyone.
There are plenty of bored, poverty stricken young people who do not behave like this, both during the Great Depression and now. How insulting to act as if the government could fix a problem that's created by a lack of good parenting and a family structure.
Boredom? No, the problem's not really boredom.
It's moral vacuity.
It's a poverty of spirit, of responsibility and concern for creating human beings that respect life. In a community where so many Black babies are aborted every single day and so many young people have child after child without the bond of marriage, who would young people respect other human life?
When responsible educated adults of any race refer to killing people merely as "foolishness," giving them chance after chance, what do those responsible educated adults think is going to happen?
We can continue to be horrified at this behavior or we can call it out for what it is.
And we can expect adults of all races to to teach values to our children.
If we really cared about them, that's what we'd do.
We wouldn't be whining for yet another government program and acting like some vague bodiless "village" out there is remiss in not providing enough free stuff.