Depression, Drug use, murder, sex, gangs, America.
What do all these things have in common? Well, more than most think. I have seen, in the past years, and over time, a serious moral decline in the
United States of America.
I see our common youth corrupted by influences that they may think as "cool" or "in-style", yet, these things really are destroying their lives.
What do I speak of, you ask? Well, various things.
First, gangs: With all the recent news of MS-13 preparing for a 'border war' with our newly formed "minutemen" militia in Texas and Arizona, and
various people I have personally helped out of gangs, etc., I have come to realize that we have a gang-crime epidemic occuring here in this land of
(MS-13 Against Minutemen Militia: www.wpherald.com...
Through my experience with America's youth and its gang activity, I have discovered something that I have found to be a re-occuring statistic: The
fact that gangs are formed because the people within them 'understand' eachother. This may not sound too bad, however, when we incorporate the fact
that those outside of these gangs are targeted via violence, we find ourselves at a problem. This happens all too often, however, that is just the tip
of the iceberg.
Then, we throw in drugs. In 1998, 1.1 million youths (age 12 - 17) were found to be users of illicit drugs: (ie coc aine, meth, MDMA's, etc.)
Now, that may not seem like many in the grand scheme of things, however, picture this:
This is our future. And with our future being influenced constantly by our pop-culture, what do we find? We find that our pop-culture allows, almost
encourages, this kind of behavior. Sex, drugs, violence - it's all part of our popular culture. Sadly, I have seen these things tear apart children
and teenagers, who think that they need "street-cred" or some other type of justification or drug-use, or acts of violence in order to fit in.
Sadly, I believe that this will ultimately make our society fail. It is worsening. Who will be the one to take a stand?
Now, I know this post is being dragged on, but bear with me:
Although I have listened to a few hip-hop songs in my day, (and I admit some of them were entertaining), you can clearly see the message of these
songs: violence - sex - drugs. Although yes, they may not do harm to an older, more mature generation, what about the impressionable youth?
I have seen countless teens corrupted by the thought that in order to be "in" or popular, you must access and conform to these thoughts. Sadly, the
impressioned youth is America's future.
However, America's future seems to be looking dim.
Thoughts, opinions, criticism, comments, more links, evidence, anything is welcome.
I feel this is a topic of discussion that needs to be addressed =/
[edit on 28-3-2005 by WeBDeviL]