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Monday, May 22, 2006

Still Not Real

Cover your ears, Big Daddy, 'cause I gotta step onto the soap box for just a sec. this morning. We talk on this blog occasionally about young'ns these days thinking they're more "real" people, more "genuine," more "believable," more "down-to-earth" if they can make some bravado-heavy claim to being menacing.

Some kids have been conditioned to believe the best way to earn respect and admiration is to virtually and literally crush the life out of another person.

Over the weekend, at a high school graduation party in Liberty City 17-year-old Jeffrey Jarnell Johnson Jr., a good kid, by all accounts, a smart kid, poked fun at another kid and traded verbal barbs over who had the coolest car:

Police say Antwon Grace, 21, in some twisted attempt to defend the honor of his friend (the other kid), shot and killed Johnson.

An absolute waste of another promising life, all because one dummy - not saying it's Grace for sure, not unless/until he's proven guilty - thought his buddy was being made to look bad. And rather than think of a clever joke of his own as a comeback he thought it was a good idea to take another kid's life. The buddy's not off the hook either. How in the H are you gonna punch another kid, because he outsmarted you, literally?

Pay attention kids. Once again, "keepin' it real" needs to be redefined. Until it is though, remember, it ain't all it's cracked up to be.


  • I never knew that I could get shot over laughing at some dork's 'Weapon R' sticker or bad looking rear wing. But seriously, I dig my car, but not that much. The wierd thing is, I bet everyone laughed at this dork's car. He didn't know it, and therefore, didn't care. If someone I don't know says something about me, I figure, it doesn't matter. The only difference was that it was said out loud and not in his/her head. (And people just may think bad things about me) It didn't matter that someone thought it when I didn't hear it, and it still doesn't.

    By Anonymous ChrisA, at 9:57 PM  

  • Hey, if you can't beat 'em kill 'em.

    I think it says a lot about self worth and consumerism among the poor, especially people of color. "They taught us to hate ourselves and love their wealth..." The best lyrics that Kanye ever wrote.

    By Blogger Miamista, at 9:43 PM  

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