A police organization posted a disturbing video of what it describes as “the continuation of the thug cycle.” In the video, a toddler’s uncle and two other adults encourage the three-year-old to say vile things and hold up his middle finger. Megyn Kelly described the awful video, saying, “It’s the same as watching them pick him up and beat him physically.”
This was making waves all over the right-side talker circuit yesterday. I remained unshocked, given that I live in a ghetto, and little kids who talk like this all the time are merely part of the background soundscape.
But of course exposing the reality is considered to be “racist” in some circles:
Now, the police officers who posted the video are getting pushback for putting it online. The association, which is different from the department, claim they had an obligation to share the video to educate people about the cycle of violence and thuggery that some children find themselves trapped in. Michael Skolnik, political director to Russell Simmons, said tonight on The Kelly File that the police have no right to tell people how to raise their children.
A significant part of the ethnic community in America is in big institutional and generational trouble. Our systems seemed designed to perpetuate that trouble. This is just a small, everyday example of the sort of “values” that are implicity or explicity being passed on from one generation to the next – with no end in sight, as things now stand.
But, you know, shut up. We’re not supposed to notice. Because that would be racist.
Let me add one more thing: The notion that it’s nobody’s business how someone raises their kids is new on the American scene, and intensely debilitating. There was a time when decency and sanity were reinforced by social pressure, both disapproval and approval. And even as a libertarian, I’m fine with that. It takes a healthy culture to raise healthy kids. And we haven’t had either for decades now, and it shows, no matter how much people try to cover it up.