A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture. ~ Abraham J. Heschel
*steps up on soapbox*
I was about go into this whole soliloquy about how I acted growing up and how my parents tried to instill values and morals and stuff into me. But then I said fuck that, I just need to go in. I saw some of the saddest footage of what happens when children don’t get their asses whipped enough and their parents not having a single clue of how their child acts outside of the home. Or maybe they do know how their child acts but they are just a punk ass parent that let’s their child run wild.
Karen Huff Klein is an elderly school bus monitor. She had been working for the Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY for 23 years. A video has been posted on the YouTube that shows this woman being taunted and harassed by some of the students that ride the bus she monitors. They were saying some pretty reckless shit to this woman too: “Dumb-ass, fat-ass”; “Maybe she’s an elephant”; “What’s your address so I can piss all over your door”; “You don’t have a family because they all killed themselves because they don’t want to be near you”.
Now, I remember coming up that I wasn’t the nicest kid in the world. Hell, if we had cell phone cameras and YouTube in those days, there’s no telling the type of dumb shit that would have been recorded. I say that because as children a lot of us were not that much better than these little disrespectful fuckers. But at the same time some of us knew better. For all the crazy things that I did as an adolescent, I never had the disdain or lack of compassion that we are seeing with our youth of today.
They have absolutely no fear, respect or regard for anything. I thought I was invincible coming up, but the kids of today take that shit to a whole other level. And we can sit here and try to figure out what went wrong, what’s going on, why are they acting like this but the answer is simple: we allow this shit. In the same vein of my previous post, we, as a collective, have rewarded this behavior; we glorify and celebrate this insolence.
We are no longer villages raising these children but more like the sects that feel like they are above anything that goes on in the village (actually, I can’t even blame some of you for feeling that way). We are a snobby bunch of people, acting as if our shit doesn’t stink; acting as if we are too good to get dirty. There used to be stories back in the day about how if one child in a community acted up and this was witnessed by a friend or acquaintance of the family that that child would be disciplined in the absence of their parents and then would get that ass whipped again by the parent when they got home.
That’s what’s missing, we’re no longer living as a community. We are too far divided from one another. People talk about “Oh, if they didn’t take prayer out of schools, this type of stuff wouldn’t happen”. I call bullshit. They took discipline out of schools. They allow for punk ass parents to deflect responsibility. They are not teaching these children a damn thing in school. They teach them how to take a test but they don’t learn how to think for themselves. They know all the lyrics to all the tracks playing on the radio but they couldn’t tell you a damn thing about history (hell, some adults can’t do that shit either, but hey).
Anyway, it’s always cool to see people get all hype about a cause and come together to express their discontent, but what’s next? What happens after the petitions and the boycotts and the protests? People go back to their regular lives. Let’s make a whole bunch of noise, get noticed, but don’t follow up. This whole thing with Ms. Klein, not to downplay what she went through, but that shit happens every fucking day and those stories are never told. There’s no Indiegogo campaigns trying to send all of these other people on vacations and what not, there’s nobody else getting all types of press coverage and Facebook fan pages set up and what not.
What happened to Ms. Klein should not happen to anybody. We all deserve to be treated the same way that we treat others. If you’re good to people then good things should happen for you; if you’re nasty towards people, then you get what you put out in this world. I’m just saying, I hope all of these causes and things don’t go in vain like many others in the past. We can be a remarkable species when we decide to put things that don’t matter to the side and work on common ground.
But the more I look at things that get posted on YouTube, WorldStarHipHop, Mediatakeout, and these so-called news outlets, who by the way don’t do a very good job of investigative journalism, they just want to be the first to report the event regardless of accuracy. The more I see these various things, the more I lose hope in humanity. The jig is almost up. We need to find a way to get our collective act together before it’s too late. All you folk out there that believe you’re safe because you’re riding in a different boat better be careful because we’re all treading in the same water and the seas can be a very unforgiving place.
I’ll still luv ya tomorrow….
*steps down from soapbox*