AKA: “In which I make many many people mad at me”
Let me start this off by saying I’m not a racist. I’m a hippie liberal, multicultural, tolerant person, anything but a racist. It is in fact for the SAKE of MLK and the civil rights leaders and prominent blacks that I make this rant, so that their great work doesn’t get shoved down the toilet.
Bill Cosby is right. A culture that glorifies thugs, idiots, and “ghettoness” is wrong. I go to a public high school, and I have friends who are black. These same friends are made fun of as “acting white” because they actually have good manners, speak normally, dress normally, actually work in school, and don’t try to act like idiots. Does noone else see a problem here? I have nothing against black people, and I hate to see this happening to our youth. Since when is it cool to fail out of school and act like a retard all day? And not because you’re stupid, but because you want to live up to a standard of cool that revolves around acting the dumbest you possibly can. I can understand culture differences, where different cultures do things differently, for a variety of reasons. What I don’t get, is that african americans have come so far since the 50s, MLK’s dream realized, we HAVE the same opportunities, but so many kids I see just throwing it away. I see all the problems in inner city schools, and thus I can understand the problems there, and I want the government to step in, actualyl create good programs in those areas, for those underprivledged kids who have nothing else. My problem is with the kids here in suburbia. We go to a perfectly fine school, with relatively good facilities and reasonably good teachers (that’s not saying much but still), but when there is a self imposed standard of just pure idiocy, it tears me apart to see such potential go down the drain for “coolness”.
Now I know that I will get posts here calling me a racist or a bigot, but I’m not. And I see the same problems among many kids of other cultures, but it’s fairly obvious where it’s prevalent. What I want to know is… am I looking at this the wrong way? Is there somethign I don’t see? I want to be educated, just help me out, or at least to discuss this.