CU: Ok, so...Nazis march to protest black crime, then the black protesters decide to validate the march.
Smart thinking on someone's part.
Yep. That's pretty much what they mayor (who is black) said.
I am sick to death of these kids wearing their colors and thinking that they are making some kind of coherent statement by being thugs. The early 90's were bad, and then things simmered down. But in recent years we've had an epidemic of senseless murders of young black men by other young black men in Pittsburgh. Last week, the son of a former councilman was gunned down. He was 29.
I wish people would begin to speak out against the glorification of this crap in popular culture. We've got kids raising themselves who learn how to carry themselves not from reliable adults in their communities but from rappers, who make their fortunes selling the message that the only way a black kid can have any power is through violence. And some of the most successfull (and probably solidly middle-class to begin with) rappers move on to mansions and golf courses by peddling the message that somehow sociopathy is to be respected. I sound like an old fuddy duddy, but there you have it.
That message, combined with the drug trade, is simply a way of keeping the underclass underclass. And unfortunately, it does feed the racist stereotypes that yahoos like neo-nazis and William Bennet apply to all black people. (Yes, I know what Bennet said in context. He still made the leap into "blacks are criminals" territory all by himself--not in response to Freakonomics, as he pleads.
Anyway, kids who are doing this stuff need to hear the message that this kind of behavior is not noble, is not justifiable, is not respectable, is not a coherent response to real or imagined wrongs, and it's not what most black people do. Most black people struggle honorably to provide for themselves and their families just like most white people do. So acting out like these kids are doing isn't cool; it's only trashy. And while some jackass may have made a fortune rapping about the joys of rioting for rioting's sake, it's still trashy behavior. And when they do it, they trash themselves and their families more effectively than any racist could. It just burns me the hell up. I get as furious with people who act like these kids as I do the neo-nazi, KKK, pointy-headed racists who think these kids somehow represent black people.
Edited by Spectacles, 15 October 2005 - 06:17 PM.