Christina Lacock Mauthe 
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Re: “Let’s Go Krogering: A Rorschach Test

I hope that everyone learns an important lesson from the aftermath of this incident. If you feel you have the right to judge others, especially strangers, at least wait for all of the facts to be revealed. We still don't know the entire story, and we probably never will. As long as people of all races are so quick to assume that every crime is motivated by racism, a world without racism will never even be a possibility, let alone a goal.

I thought this was a hate crime at first because of what was initially reported. The post I read stated that a group of black teens attacked a white man for no apparent reason, then attacked two teen Kroger employees when they tried to intervene. According to that information, it WAS a hate crime. Their target was a white man who appeared to be minding his own business, and the other two victims were only attacked because they tried to help. However, witnesses have since clarified that the attackers were of all races, which disqualifies the act as a hate crime. The attack does not appear to have been motivated by race, but by teen boredom. This is not just a problem in Memphis; it happens in towns of all sizes, races, and locations. I have seen it personally from Detroit to Memphis to small town Iowa.

What horrified me most about this incident was the number of people who stood around and laughed. Again, though, after getting more information, I found I was wrong again. The people watching didn't understand what was really going on at first. Once it became clearer that innocent people were being brutally attacked, people tried to help. Many people did nothing because they were afraid of getting hurt or killed themselves. With good reason, I might add.

I would also like to point out to those who are blaming the parents that several of the attackers were turned in BY THEIR PARENTS! Parents have very little influence on kids, particularly when compared to the influence of their peers. It's the kids who need to step up and fight for what is right. We as parents must teach them more than right from wrong, but we also have to help give them the courage to stand up to bullies and to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Children learn everything they do by watching and mimicking their parents (and aunts & uncles, cousins, siblings, etc.), so WE have to step up, first.

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Posted by Christina Lacock Mauthe on 09/13/2014 at 11:37 PM
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