The American culture glorifies violence.
The culture equates violence with manhood.
The white kids want to be "gangsta". The white girls gain status by having a black boyfriend, or having a mixed-race baby.
I don't know why this society, in large part, romanticizes violence.
I had a gun pointed at my belly six nights ago, at my home, at two-thirty in the morning by a bandit who was committing an armed robbery with two other tweakers.
They weren't black, either. One was white, the other Hispanic. I don't know about the third one. I didn't see him.
My son was hurt and had to go to the emergency room, but is okay thank God. But it was THAT close.
They were wearing hats or hoods, and bandanas over their faces.
I think the only reason they knew this house resulted directly from my own 23-year-old son's fascination with the rap and gun culture.
Two of them were found and arrested within days. One is 20 and the other 21.
It's tragic. They are most likely never going to have a decent life.
On the other hand, such crimes can not be allowed to happen if they can be prevented.
This is a mid-western university town, not a ghetto. But in my view, this insanity happened because of the pervasive violence-worshiping culture, in particular because of the popular hip-hop/rap culture from the cities, and most importantly because of the influx of meth and heroin and the availability to youth of prescription drugs such as xanax and klonopin.
The drug epidemic (and I don't mean marijuana) seems to make even the worst crimes and abuses seem "mellow" * - acceptable to this 20-something and teen generation.
So right now I find it difficult to even relax in my own home on my peaceful street. I constantly check locks to barricade myself in away from the violence. Never have I felt the need to live this way until recently.
This new (here, anyway) state of things is not anything like the hippies of the 60's and early 70's with their pot and acid.
It's a culture of violence, infecting our children, because, among other causes, as a society we have believed the false justifications for violence and killing, torture and deception, anything goes mentality fed to us via TV by our "leaders".
To me mind, the change at home wrought by 9/11 has been the most destructive force on all of us in my lifetime.
If this society wants to find an answer, part of that answer means a hard, honest look at how we have been bamboozled and duped by the press and the military-ruled government- because our government functions at the pleasure of the Pentagon and the large corporations.
- "are you upset? Take your pill, and you will feel better!"- but that makes the overall societal picture worse.