Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Village is looking at you from the window...

Thanks for dropping in folks. I've been blog hopping like crazy lately. Thank goodness I'm off this week because I've been going to bed seriously late hours this week. You know- 2,3,4:00 in the morning. All cause there's way too much out there these days that pique my interest. I now know how people with ADD/ADHD feel :-)

My post for today deals with our youngins and their seemingly lack of values and respect.

To quote my man Tupac,
"Say there ain't no hope for the youth and the truth is it ain't no hope for tha future..." Gotta luv Tupac...
Now, I must be clear that I'm not categorizing ALL young people as being immoral and disrespectful but since I'm in the education field, I'll just say that I run into inordinately more of these kids. I will also say that the ones that do show their azz in public end up doing it BIG so they get waayyy more coverage than your typical nice and all around good kid around the corner. I left a comment on fellow blogger RawDawg's blog the other day about the fine line we, as the village supposed to be raising the child, must walk when we don't directly know some our peeps we see doing the wrong thing on the street. Back in my day, I knew to keep my attitude in check because there was always somebody that had permission to cut my tail if I stepped outta line. That person coulda been my aunts, uncles, an older cuz, my neighbors, heck- even my teachers coulda hit me upside the head if they needed to. Now don't get me wrong, I wasn't a bad child and none of that was ever needed to keep me in line but it was just an unspoken rule that everybody I came in contact with was expected to have a hand in raising the responsible, law abiding, respectful young lady I am today!
What disturbs me about some of our kids today is that they just don't give a dayum! I mean walking around with pants down to their ankles, shorts that are beyond coochie cutters, girls giving head any and everywhere and boldy cursing in public as part of their natural conversation without regard to who's around, including an elder. I ran across this video a month or two ago. My mouth dropped and stayed on the floor as I watched. I still cannot believe this actually happened and for most of it, the people on the subway just sat by and watched. I guess it was that fine line between "do I help, or stay the heyl back because this chick is off the wall crazy??"

SOULJA GIRL goes crazy on the Marta



Her mom was interviewed shortly thereafter and her family has been all over the internet posting the fact that Chicka is Bi-Polar and needed medical help long before she blatantly disrespected OUR grandmother on the train that day.

Mom's response



Now, Bi-Polar or not, IMHO, ole girl shouldn't have been walking free in the streets. Her village should've stepped in and said you gotta have some stability when out in the community but, it could be a case of folks being dayum tired of the disrespect that they turn the other cheek. Folks out here are unstable. Speaking of unstable, the news has been buzzing all day about a 14 year old here that is being charged with the sexual assault, kidnapping and murder of an 8 year old child in the community. I knew the 14yr old and I always thought he was one of those good kids that seemed pretty stable. He always said "Yes, Ma'am and No Ma'am" when you spoke to him and he had that infectious smile that made you believe he was a sincere kid. You simply never know... therefore, our Village has closed the doors and now everybody's looking at you from behind the curtains in the house. I have mixed feelings because after all, these children are our future and I believe that we should not and cannot give up on them. Then I would be directly responsible for the decline of a nation. So, I propose that we start carrying phasers and stun the hell outta these kids when they get out of line. Now what you got to say kid? Say it again and I'll turn up the juice on this stun gun!!

That'll teach 'em to try and cuss me out!



On a lighter note, part of my earlier tag post was to find a video or song that I think represents the people I tagged. I'm one of those people with a ton of stuff on my plate so I often get to one part and have to come back and finish the rest. So, today's video is for fellow blogger Beautifully.Conjured.Up because she is a female in the male dominated field of Science and many of her posts deal with becoming a better woman, naturally.



Don't worry 12kyle, your video will be posted in the near future...

Until next time...
Keep your eyes and hands on your children so nobody else will have to...

5 comments:

Mizrepresent said...

I so agree with you about the decline of respect amongst our younger generation. I used to ride MARTA and saw it all the time...only once did i speak out, and that's because lil sista tried to disrepect Miz and Miz ain't having it, plus i was hot, and my hormones were off the chain, i was so mad i could have slapped her in her big mouth, but instead i just shut her up with a few choice words.lol...okay,

So sad to here about that 14 year old boy and that 8 year old...who would believe such...these kids are just exposed to too much, too soon.

Beautifully.Conjured.Up said...

That MARTA situation was a very sad situation. A friend of mine showed me the video, and although I was laughing on the outside, I was crying on the inside. Situations like that happen and mostly by young teens/children. I used to tutor middle school aged children, and majority of my class was filled with high school aged children. I didn't know how bad things were until I began tutoring at that school, which shows me our community has work to do. My brother is a teacher, and although he says its tough, he still enjoys reaching out to his students.

About my video...THANKS!!! I love Chaka and Whitney...that is one of my favorite songs, and now I will be singing it all day :)

the prisoner's wife said...

i feel you on this. being a teacher has put me in close contact with our youth, and i'm amazed with the lack of values/manners they have. and quite honestly, it's not all their fault. they are running around doing these crazy things even though they've come from good people. they're running around & doing these crazy things because their family is MIA. there is no "village" to raise them these days. once i really realized this, it took me about a year, i became that village. i can't assume they have good parents that teach them what they need to know, but if i know something they need, it's my duty to pass it on.

our kids need more mentors. people who REALLY get to know them, then try to help them be better.

Dione said...

Mizrepresent- Thanks for stopping thru! I know how those hormones can kick in at JUST the right moment. Sometimes these kids think they can run over EVERYBODY and we'll take it. I get my students during the 1st two weeks of school and they KNOW this mami ain't having ANY disrespect in this here classroom. Sooooo, they behave for me and save their foolishness for the next teacher!
A few choice words will go a long way!

BCU- Big ^'s to your brother for being a male on the front teacher line for our kids. It IS TOUGH but if we can reach just a few, it is worth seeing them spread their wings. I teach 6th, 7th AND 8th grade Science so everyday is a chance to help them discover and experiement in the world around them. Get their minds off the streets for a minute...

ThePrisonersWife- Thanks for coming thru kindred spirit!
YES! Their village is MIA and sometimes, they can't even identify who the village is supposed to be. It's an unspoken rule that we must eb the parent AND teacher to our youth these days...

All- Here is the link about the 8yr old girl that was killed. Please be in prayer for her family.
http://www.wyff4.com/news/16774413/detail.html

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

thanks for ye love and bipolar is no joke, my daughters mom is bipolar and the stories i could tell, email me if u wanna here ms 3 hands