I too, was left confused after reading this column. C'mon Les. Focus. More laws, and even fictional JACK McCOY, couldn't have stopped the moral decline that contributed to these high profile incidents. It's sad, but time to face the truth. 2 children are dead due to thugs, and yet, our youth culture sees this behavior...as role model material. Communities can 'come together' and Pastors can preach from the pulpit, but nothing changes. These innocent children are STILL dead. No amount of hand wringing, nor Jack McCoy fantasizing, will bring them back. TV is fantasy.
Regarding the school fights.... We must be prepared to see more. Almost every cell phone, now contains a video camera, and TV stations looooovvvvveeee live drama that holds an audience. In the past, most of these fights would not even be known, outside the school yard. Today, the cell phone video, makes it possible to neatly wrap up a 'thrilling' news segment, the same day of the incident. The more preposterous the video, the more news segments. The more the public can be stirred up, the better an opportunity for a money grab. [Heard today that the call is now for the hiring of 15 new school psychologists to be placed at the problem schools] Yep. Same solutions. More tax payer cash...can cure our problems. As Dr. Phil famously says; 'hows THAT WORKIN FOR YA'
The BP incident. Hmmm. An innocent BLACK man was brutally beaten...by a crowd of BLACK youth, while protecting a WHITE Woman. [There is a movie idea here, but it doesn't fit the main stream media template] The youth involved, were primarily attending a neighborhood 'PREP' school. Makes you think of those private schools where all the boys are dressed in white shirt, ties, and navy blue blazers. You imagine that most of these 'PREP' school students, are planning on applying to Harvard, or maybe Yale, etc. Nope. THIS...is Memphis, where we put on our blinders, and make believe that most of these students are NOT preparing for a cell, and future education, at 201 Poplar.
Forget 'Coming together' and lighting candles, and marching for...whatever. Take care of YOUR family, and YOUR neighborhood. Withdraw YOUR children from those schools that have a culture of violence. Home school your kids if possible. DEMAND school vouchers for EVERY deserving student, and realize that those NOT DESERVING, are not college material, nor even high school material. Those who cannot behave in civilized society, need to be separated from civilized society. Relaxed, Conceal Carry laws will soon put a dent in out of control mob violence. As the victim warned our Police Chief, and our Mayor; the youth are fortunate he didn't have ready access to his weapon. [The 'Great Equalizer,' also has a history of working for the good of society.] You can wait on Politicians to solve your problems. You can wait on Police to respond to another senseless neighborhood shooting. You can believe that the destruction of the morals of the nuclear family has no bearing upon our increasing crime rate. Or....YOU can choose to protect YOU and YOURS. I'm going with the latter. Reality is sometimes not pretty, but the first step in addressing a problem, is to admit that a problem exists.
Would The U.S. attorneys' office also consider to "vigorously prosecute those who commit heinous acts," sorta like the Muslim who beheaded a co-worker in Oklahoma City?
".....Memphian Jenny Flex. “For all we know there were a dozen kids off screen of a different race — whatever that race may be — from the kids we saw in the video. Right? Right? Besides, that poor young man who got attacked may have been targeted because of any reason in the world. There’s no way to know if race was a factor. Right? Please tell me I’m right.”
No Jenny. Bless your heart....You are Wrong. What's worse is that everyone who reads your comments, is shaking their heads at your naivete. If you were about 7 and had just found out that Santa wasn't real, I could sympathize. A statement like this, coming from an adult, concerns me for your safety. Please make certain to hold someones' hand while crossing the street.
Enjoyed the article....until the last paragraph. ..."So rest assured, white community: The British had it wrong in regards to the future of the colored race, because we're not your "burden" to assume." Thugs could care less about the color of your skin. They are truly, equal opportunity offenders. I AM NOT the "White Community." I am a Memphian. I am an American. "WE," don't need to "all work together to address this epidemic." YOU, need to address the moral failure and family breakdown, in YOUR own family. A long look in the mirror is required. WHITEY didn't cause the end of these sad, short, lives. Moral decay, brought on by the leftists policies of the destruction of the nuclear family, has caused this predictable, societal devastation that is arguably worse than slavery. Unfortunately, there is no easy money in pointing to the real cause of community collapse. It doesn't fit the template of the main stream media and does not mention "white guilt," nor does it provide fodder for the race baiters. (i.e. Al Sharpton, et al.) As Elvis famously sang: "Clean up your own back yard."
Remember that ANYONE can file a lawsuit, for almost ANY reason. It's called lawsuit roulette. The City, of course, cant comment on the case till court time. The lawyers representing the families, only have to be lucky, one time, to make a legal score that turns a small law firm into a major business. Better than the odds at Tunica! Meanwhile, it's to the advantage of almost everyone to crucify the Officers involved, in the press. Can anyone understand what these men and their families are going through right now? Due to the plethora of ambulance chasers and Johnny Cochran wannabes, every smart cop has the names of 2 Lawyers in their cell phone, on speed dial. Just another day in "Detroit on The Mississippi."
"Detroit on The Mississippi?" What can you do to attain additional tax payers and growth of city coffers, when we are in a recession? Sure. You cut to the bone, but....someone must think outside the box. Is AC that person? Don't know yet. What we do know, is that there aren't enough big name manufacturing jobs coming in to save us. We must have HOME-GROWN solutions. I've got some ideas, but...I charge for the help. Call me when you really, truly, want to make that change.
The sad thing about this is...Your Tax Dollars paid for this beat down. Many moons ago, (Old Injun term,) A group of the movie patrons, would scoop up cell phone dude, escourt same, out back of the theater, and wear that azz out. Problem solved. No cops needed. Should the situation be repeated, (doubtful,) cell phone dude would find himself being forced to run thru said theater, naked, but covered in TAR and Feathers, then...run outta town on a rail. Again...No Cops needed. No thanks need be expressed!
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