There are several elephants in the room. Let’s explore them.
- History Revisited. Since the 1980’s, there’s been a culture, a mindset, a philosophy, which has swept over American youths: Rap/Hip-Hop–The music, drugs, language, clothes, weapons, drive-by shootings, and horrific gang initiations. Fortunately, not all young people subscribe to the ideology. Those who have live in juvenile detention facilities, then moved into adult prisons.
- Personal History. The deceased was suspended from school repeatedly, used drugs, wanted a gun, engaged in physical altercations, and used abominable language towards and about others. Why wasn’t he under the care of a psychiatrist?
- Societal Menace. The question isn’t Why did George Zimmerman get out of his car, but instead Why was the deceased outside during evening hours in the first place without parental supervision?
- Skill Deficiencies. Because the deceased lived in a crime-ridden neighborhood, and wasn’t under parental supervision, constructive skills to defuse situations would have gone a long way. When confronted by Zimmerman, the deceased merely had to say Talk to my father.
- Limited Worldview. Parents have to socialize their children beginning at a young age, getting them into the world, where they become involved in activities with diverse groups. The process needs reinforcing until adulthood. Youth will experience a stunted personal development if parents fail to provide this necessity. Clearly, the deceased only knew his front and back doors.
- Rachel Jeantel. Only her former educators can address if she’s an example of voluntary illiteracy. She and the deceased were contemporaries on so many levels.
- Irony. People nurturing conflict, making threats, engaging in physical and verbal altercations against others because of this case, are unwittingly participants of the culture which has permeated American society for over thirty years. They, too, can be considered societal menaces.
- Playing the victim. It’s one thing to be a victim, and another to play the role. When a victim regains their life and engages in constructive pursuits, society respects them. Society doesn’t respect the victim. Society feels sorry for the victim. In fact, when the role is played too long, society views the individual with contempt. Respect and sorrow are mutually exclusive entities.
- Acceptance. Many parents have buried offspring from gang violence. Where are the mass demonstrations in the hundreds of thousands across America every year?
- Acceptance. Many parents have buried offspring from gang violence. Where are their voices in Congressional hearings, demanding clothing lines and music labels associated with the culture get shut down?
I look forward to your comments.