"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.

Thoughts???

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  • by Cindy Location: Gordonville on Dec 24, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    Thank you so much for having Santa bring a "Christ"mas message on the morning news on "Christ"mas Eve morning.
  • by Bettye Jackson Location: Savannah, Georgia on Mar 22, 2008 at 02:31 AM
    I was born in Sherman, and now live in Savannah, GA. I really miss home but have learned that no matter where you live there will be crime. I think that what it boils down to is the fact that many times people are not held responsible for their actions. It is too much putting the blame on everyone excepts the person who is guilty of the crime. Our children are being short changed by society. In many cases, parents that can affords to, give them the things their child wants , but not the things they need. The schools in a lot of cases are over crowed and are teaching children what they feel they need, instead of teaching them how to survive. We have became a me-me society. The have vs the have not's. And sad to say, race has reared it's ugly head again. If we as citizens of this great country don't come together as one, and start taking our children and their education serious, we all will be lost. No two children are alike. "WHEN YOU STAND FOR NOTHING, YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING"!
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