Sunday, October 22, 2017

Southern Stereotypes

The South shall rise again!  To what level is the debate.

I had a discussion about the concept of stereotypes and that they exist for a reason and in order to disseminate them it would take immense efforts to do in order to re-educate and model that 'their' reality is just a falsehood based on bias, a lie or in fact some sense of truth?  We all have them regarding Race, Sexuality and Gender or any other number of subjects of which our experience and more importantly perceptions that we can use to validate them.    We have them across the landscape that are generalized statements about a collective that are observed or studied images duly noted and documented. Those then are just that opinions and observations by individuals that somewhere along the way become dogma. Blonde's are stupid, Rich people are smart, Blacks are Lazy, Mexicans are Rapists and so on.  So what becomes one individuals observations based on opinions and their personal bias somehow becomes validated and accepted by a larger cohort simply by an act by some who share the same Race/Religion/Gender/Sexuality.  And it was in one of my bitch sessions about the current state of Politics and the idiots I encounter that the phrase was said to me "Stereotypes exist for a reason."  Really? The reason is that we let them and we enable them via our own unconscious biases that are shared only in private.  But they exist and they rule. But we have the ability to disown them.

I have spent most of my professional life excusing, explaining, justifying and in turn being infuriated and exhilarated by children whom I have met through my work. At times I know that many are just what they are - pains in the asses - and in turn I let them go to find their way.  But for many I find myself standing before baby ducks just looking to imprint and I try to offer a road map in which to enable said journey.  I have said on more than one occasion I am no role model nor want to be but I want to at least provide them with someone who judges not lest ye be judged.  And then I moved to Nashville and that all changed.  I find myself laughing at children in a derogatory manner and utterly ashamed and not about my reaction but that I am a part  of a system or an accomplice, an enabler in which to further place their lives in a state of hopelessness.

There is something about the Southern Culture that I find repugnant. And I read this and thought  this is not shocking in the least.  Right there is a red flag, a pseudo rape video and I am blase?   Children here are damaged and in turn they will become damaged Adults and this is what you see now, ill educated, ill informed, angry fucks with nothing to lose but a willingness to inflict that anger onto everyone else like an STD in a whore house.  The new whore house in our society is Social Media and clearly we have an epidemic on our hands.

These middle school students pretended to rape black classmates on Snapchat
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. The Washington Post  October 22 2017

The Snapchat had just about every offensive topic the middle school students could cram into a video clip: race-based simulated sex assaults, profanity-laced slurs and repulsive language that shocked whoever the intended audience was — and, eventually, many more people.

In a flash, the Short Pump Middle School football team’s racy and racist video clip has rocketed nationwide, the latest reminder that stuff we post on the Internet can have enduring, devastating effects in the real world.

In this case, those consequences were swift: According to the Associated Press, the rest of the team’s season has been canceled; police are investigating the students seen in the video; and the whole team — now the face of a viral video — has to undergo sensitivity training.

The students recorded the video sometime last week, and someone shared it on Snapchat. It ultimately got out and spread in this Richmond suburb of nearly 25,000.

The video is captioned: “What really goes on in the football locker room.” In the clip, some of the team’s white football players simulate sex acts on the black members, bending them over benches or gyrating against them on the floor, according to Richmond CBS affiliate WTVR. Another caption says “We’re going to f— the black outta these black children from Uganda.”

An edited version of the video — and a full account of the outrage it was sparking — was broadcast on a local TV news station. Parents were angered. Police were called. And the school board decided it had to act.

In a message to the community posted Friday on Facebook, the Henrico County School Board said it was “deeply concerned” by the video.

“Adamantly, behavior of this type will not be tolerated in our schools,” the letter said. “ . . . We have extremely high expectations, and students who fail to meet the Code of Student Conduct standards will be addressed promptly and appropriately.”

The letter also outlined the punishment those implicated would face:

The remaining games would be forfeited, but practices would continue, with a big change: “A mandatory component of practices will be discussions that focus on reporting responsibilities, accountability, ethics, sexual harassment, and racial tolerance.”

But questions still swirled: Why wasn’t an adult in the locker room, supervising the kids, per school policy? Why didn’t school officials notify parents before the news broadcast? And why punish an entire team for the inappropriate behavior of a few students?

No one has been charged over the video, and news outlets said investigators were trying to determine whether the black students in the video were a part of a very bad joke or were filmed against their will.

As the investigation continues, some claim that the district’s punishment — especially against the students who didn’t take part in the video — went too far, while others said school leaders didn’t go far enough.

Lorraine Wright of the Richmond-based I Vote for Me human rights group, told NBC affiliate WWBT that her organization is filing a federal complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. I Vote for Me advocates for equality in education.

“Clearly, the intent was to dehumanize the boy of color, and that’s something we can’t sweep under the rug and mischaracterize as ‘offensive and wrong’ because it was way beyond that,” she said.

There are a myriad examples of young people stumbling over the hazy line between free speech and offensive language, Jody Armour, a law professor at the University of Southern California, told The Post last year.

The difference now is that those stumbles can be instantly captured on video and transmitted to the world.

“It’s a process that we go through every generation — reteaching and relearning what the linguistic boundaries are,” Armour said. “It’s like every year or two I turn on the TV and I see, yet again, some college students learning that you can’t wear an Afro and blackface to the Halloween party.”

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