The Ignorance of Violence

I don’t even know where to begin.

Part of me wants to get in the poor v rich debate. The haves and have nots. The moochers v the earners. All I can say is that this post will basically be a spewing of thoughts because I just don’t know WTF is going on.

I read about the riots at the Wisconsin State Fair. Apparently a bung of black thugs decided it would be fun to beat up on each other at the fair and then head out to white neighborhoods and attack white people.

Then this weekend, police in London were attacked after they killed a man who may have shot at police. A police officer was shot in the exchange. Of course, the victim’s family said he was a good guy and never was arrested. He was a great dad. Etc. Maybe so to them, but I don’t know very many people out there who are great guys who are also involved in gangs. This whole deal has led to (as of this post) three days of rioting in London. Businesses have been burned. Police attacked. All over the death of an “innocent” man.

Both events can be summed up in this quote from The Guardian:

“Many of the people involved are likely to have been from low-income, high-unemployment estates, and many, if not most, do not have much of a legitimate future,” said criminologist and youth culture expert Professor John Pitts.

Yeah, that sums it up.

Meanwhile everyone will wonder who is to blame for all of this, because, obviously it is not the fault of the rioters. Noooo…. it’s poverty or injustice or racism or you name it. George Bush? Sarah Palin?

I believe it is the moocher culture. These people believe they deserve what they want and the rest of us have to pay – whether we pay with our tax dollars to supplement their illegitimate children, pay for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, pay for working our asses off to get where we are so that they can just take it from us at the point of a gun which we are legally not allowed to carry but they can because they are criminals.

It needs to stop.

Now.

Barring physical, mental or temporary circumstances, we should NOT have to pay out to these people (not a racist term, this refers to all races) for their welfare (in the UK and US). I love helping people by giving them a hand up, but it really irks me to no end when I help low income people get food/services and see grandma, mother and child all lining up as three separate families to get what they, for some reason, refuse to earn on their own. Meanwhile, there are others lining up who were just laid off (and are embarrassed to ask for help) or elderly with no family.

I am sick of the hip-hop and sports gang culture out there that teaches kids that throwing a ball well or rhyming in a mic can get them everything they ever wanted and that is all it takes. And in the hip-hop culture, you won’t live past 30 anyway, so go ahead and bang some hos. Yo.

And girls, why the hell do you put up with this crap? Have you heard what these songs and these cultures say about you? And you ACCEPT that? You deserve more than being a baby maker.

And boys, I hate to tell you this,  but the odds of you being a rapper or a sports superstar is nil. That means zero. The odds of you starting your own legitimate business, becoming a millionaire are so much higher if you get off the damn streets, take off the headphones and pay attention in class and go on to college. Heck, you don’t even need college.

Here’s some reading for you should you actually care enough about yourself:
Ella Coney: From Welfare to Millionaire – NPR
Brooklyn’s Iyanla Vanzant tells tale of how she rose, fell & rose again in new book – Daily News
Welfare Mom Becomes A Multi-Millionaire – Elev8 (You may have heard of this person’s work – Harry Potter?)
Dani Johnson
Ursula Burns
John Paul Dejoria
Howard Schultz
Oprah Winfrey
Liz Murray
Chris Gardner

But what do I know? I am a just a middle-class white person.

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About Queen of Pith

A snarky work-outside-of-the-home mom of two children, a daughter born in 2004 and a son born in 2007. A politics and news junkie with diarrhea of the mouth.
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4 Responses to The Ignorance of Violence

  1. nancy PB says:

    Moocher Culture – good description. It irks me that there is a culture out there that think the world owes them? Why?

  2. Vond says:

    How exactly do you propose that these people start businesses if they’re in a generational poverty situation? Only a select few lines of business rely only on your own sweat and ingenuity. Most need thousands of dollars of seed money, which many folks can never save up because they’re living from paycheck to paycheck (particularly if they are welfare checks) and no bank would ever give a loan to someone with no credit history like many poor people have. Plus, it’s foolish to give people unrealistic expectations – seems to make more sense to me to help people find regular employment first rather than encouraging everyone to become entrepreneurs from a generational poverty starting point.

    At least you recognize (though quite sarcastically) that you can’t really know what’s going through these people’s heads since you’ve never been there. Hip-hop music doesn’t define the population any more than country music defines the entire population of the area where we live.

    Do you have any real evidence of this “moocher culture” ethic or is that just your own speculation? Economists, psychologists, anthropologists all study poverty, can you provide better backup? If there’s evidence for your viewpoint (statistics, not anecdotes) then I’ll be happy to take up the call on this one, but it reads a lot like conjecture.

  3. I have seen the moocher mentality. I see it almost every week when I work the food bank. There is nothing that can be done to fix the problem until the culture changes to encourage education and self reliance. I’ve known too many educated people who would rather mooch than take a job that is beneath them.

    And, true, it’s in the rural white areas too. But I also don’t see rioting and looting there either.

    I’m not saying that everyone has to be an entrepreneur, but at least working towards being one some day is better than hoping some NBA coach will see you on the court. It’s not unrealistic. It’s unrealistic to think it will fall in your lap.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Woohoo! Preach it, sista!

    I don’t think more education will help much. It hasn’t historically, and it’s only been, what, 6,000 years…. attitudes are a matter of the heart, it’s the heart that needs to be changed. That comes from Jesus Christ. Here in my area of New York State, it was riddled with crime, violence, drunkenness and superstition. But there was a revival in the 1830s, led by Charles Finney. Upstate New York was so swept with revival that bars closed, businessmen hired hobos, and other places of “ill repute” were closed. This was later called the “Second Great Awakening.” The first “Great Awakening” was about 20 years before the American Revolution, when Ben Franklin noted that as one walked down the streets, you could constantly hear psalms and exhortations to love God and do what is right in His sight.

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