I was not talking about the "overwhelming majority". I am citing FACT of what types of behavior happens in public places in Atlanta. i'm not talking about everyone. My arguement is that we look for solutions to help kids like those in the World Star video I cited from ending up like the "adults" that raise them.
"Take some responsibility and improve your own lives".
Isn't that the point of boyuboy's arguement? It is sad to see behavior that has no part in a civilized society. I think its not just about race, but also about class. The generations before that have been the 1st in their families to graduate hs or college, were the first generation to be homeowners, and jumped up to a higher class (middle and upper class) can't help but scratch their heads in confusion as to what happened to the ground they gained in Atlanta. We need to help those in society, especially kids, who aren't shown many options growing up, who get little support from family, who aren't encouraged to truly excel in life, who aren't encouraged to be educated, that they DO have worth and value. This is why Boys and Girls clubs, big brothers/big sisters, etc. are so important. But at some point this generation needs to be told to take some responsibility and improve your own lives. It is sad that Atlanta has race and class disparity to this extent, and we could talk until we are blue in the face about society not being fair to those in the ghettos. The first and second generations of African American business owners, entrepreneurs, politicians and trailblazers must now watch grown women act like barbarians on World Star Hip-Hop as they get tazed in front of a Metro PCS store. I felt sad for those children in the video, and the behavior that they must absorb everyday from "adults" is just horrible. I hope that we can find a way to help this generation help themselves, and save the good kids from being drowned by the disease of drugs/gangs/violence that is infecting our Atlanta neighborhoods one by one.
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