If principles relating to racism and clearly inappropriate actions reflecting
racism are not taught early and often, then parents, the schools and society
have failed. But kids are exposed to various media and will know more about the
world than many adults. If they haven't learned that white hoods and other
racism symbols are wrong, then the negative responses of society to these
offensive symbols are being offset by the family and community, where racism is
tolerated, spoken about approvingly either directly or indirectly, or there just
no getting it.
This sad episode has received national attention because of its outrageous
nature. It does not reflect well on the younger generation.As
Esquire pointed out, too many parents are apparently too busy to properly train
their children. As a result, the modern entertainment industry has become the
default caregiver for most children.Modern Hollywood teaches that it
is not only acceptable to engage in outrageously offensive conduct, it is
desirable. As a result, school children engage in increasingly vulgar conduct in
order to attract attention to themselves.The answer to this problem
is not the sporadic and isolated discipline of school administrators. The answer
is for parents to be in the home so that they can instill discipline and respect
in their children. How much longer will society be willing to pay the price for
two-income, absentee-parent homes?
Too many kids get their sense of what "Humor" is... from crass
programs that make a living off going WAY over the line of propriety (South
Park, MTV, etc) and teaching the kids that it's FUNNY to do outragious things...
and the more outragious the funnier.That said... Partents do have
the responsibility to overwhelm those messages with whateve wholesome messages
they can teach them at home.Maybe a FHE lesson about racial issues
would be a good idea every now and then.
I suggest everyone take a look at the blog produced by Larsz (spelling?) Cosby.
I don't have the link handy, but you can Google it.The comments made
by other students -- and probably a few adults -- are downright frightening.
And as a retired teacher in Utah schools, I can assure you that many of them
come from kids whose parents take them to church every Sunday.We have a long way to go, folks.