"Keeping it real"

As recent events in the news have turned my attention back again toward the gang/thug culture, I have to say with every such incident my concern grows about this. That concern grows because this is not just in the streets of the downtrodden parts of our towns and cities, it's been injected into mainstream culture.

Rap music and gangster movies are at the top of what's popular among today's youth. And I'm talking about all of today's youth: white kids, black kids, Hispanic kids, boys and girls alike.

Take for instance, the disgraceful Michael Vick saga. Here's a guy who has a contract entitled to pay him over $100 million to play a game, but he has to 'keep it real' by heading up an underground dogfighting ring.

Then there are all the college athletes we hear about (who have their education paid for) running around breaking the law and embarassing the alumni who support them.

We have an entire subculture of people who refuse to talk to local law enforcement, because talking to the police is not 'keeping it real.'

At what point does logic or any sense of consequence of action come into the minds of people who continue to behave this way?

This was all somewhat laughable to me before, but I'm starting to look at things differently.


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