I admit that I did not grow up in a dense urban area and may not fully understand the customs or social hierarchy that is always changing in our cities, however there are some cases where I wonder where the hell the parents of these kids are. Yesterday while driving down a dense urban commercial street, with several cars, I noticed a group of three youths (one guy and two girls) walking some distance in front of us on the sidewalk. The male wearing baggy jeans, hanging down far enough to show most of his boxers, and a football jersey (Raiders), noticed traffic coming, decided to walk down the center of the auto traffic lane. Not to cross to the other side of the street, but just to walk down the street. Our eyes met and he gave me the “hey, I’m walkin’ here” look. As I approached and slowed down to around 5 miles per hour, I firmly pressed on the horn and continued until at length he relocated to the sidewalk. The two girls that he was walking with stayed on the sidewalk and were laughing thinking that the incident was funny. All I can think was I hope that investors don’t see actions like this, because it hurts the image of the city.
Over the past few weeks, several urban youth were arrested for fighting at the central bus station in downtown. They had to close the station (making people wait outside) for a few days in hopes that it would quell the issues, but they just re-sparked.
Last week (today in fact) in a less affluent section of the city, several urban youths were sitting on a porch with friends, when a car (with several other urban youths) drove up, and opened fire, killing a 17 year old. The police suspect gang violence.
WTF???? *(&@$ (*@^#_ ^#^@)% It is no wonder that so many youth in our older urban core areas have acquired such a bad reputation. What is wrong with these cases that so many kids are out causing problems, getting in fights, and even killing each other? More so, are we, as residents of a city, going to respect or fear these pathetic little brats?
I think that a big part of the problem is that these kids have no role model to look up to. “No body from here makes it big, so why bother” is a common response when asked why they don’t stay in school or do anything productive. Recently, on a local radio talk show they where discussing this problem with callers and there were all these excuses from “Oh the kids are bored”, “The City holds them down”, “They don’t get the same opportunities as the suburban kids.” GET REAL... parents and kids themselves need to step up, grow up, and take responsibility for their actions, or the actions of their kids.
Do you have the same problem? Do you agree with this or disagree, and why? What are your thoughts? Is this just another example of the continued degradation of our society as a whole, or just a sample from a common idea of a rebellious youth?