Dunbar Village Miscreants Get Life While A New Set Arrested For Setting A Teen On Fire

I was just reading the post at What About Our Daughters regarding the reaction of the family and supporters of those convicted in the Dunbar Village case as their sentences were issued. The relative youth of some of those criminals regarding getting a life-term is up for debate amongst some people. Even after the fact. I understand the defense attorneys fighting it because that’s their job but there are still people who think crimes committed by those under the age of 18 solely involve their lack of judgement. While that may be true to varying degrees sometimes a criminal is just a criminal. Some youths are well on their way to being sociopaths. Some boys have been allowed to flourish as if under the direct guidance of Lucifer himself. Everyone cannot be rehabilitated or redeemed. Not when they have no remorse and no conscience.

I used to think prosecutors were singling out youths of color and the push for charging juvenile’s as adults was cruel and unusual punishment. Since I didn’t work in law enforcement or with youths I didn’t realize the accumulation of a population that has grown to be more brutal over the years. It is sad because it means that children are being failed in every way possible. It also means a lot of people who do procreate should not until they learn how to be a parent – of course that’s not likely to occur. The more atrocities I read about the more I realize it’s open season for many who reside in certain residential areas.

There are still others involved in the Dunbar Village terrorism who haven’t been arrested and charged for their crimes. It may come down to them committing some other crime to finally get them off the streets. Now there’s another case in Florida getting national attention because of the race of the victim. Five boys are being charged with setting a classmate on fire over a minor dispute. He’s white and some (if not all) of those involved in the attack are black. The victim owed one of them money for a video game so they stole his dad’s bike. Then the victim reported it and they retaliated. The burning gives me shudders because it’s what the other males at Dunbar Village wanted to do to the mother and son to destroy evidence.

I’m sure the background history of those convicted for the Dunbar Village crimes will be similar to those being charged in this incident. The local media offers a bit more information. One of the mothers is interviewed on camera and claims her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Perhaps she’s correct..but that’s the same thing one of the mothers said about her son about Dunbar Village. Is there a “My Son Can’t Be A Criminal 101” textbook out there? A lack of sympathy gene? How long until one of the parents of those accused say racism is involved? The response is nearly identical.

Bookmark and Share

John Merrow Series on Urban Schools

How I despise the term urban when it is used as code for Black. It’s lazily meant to be all-encompassing but it negates the individual’s experience and doesn’t differentiate amongst social class. So we have a marketing term to sell cars but it’s also supposed to describe the lifestyle of people who are categorized as a monolith. I live in the city but I am more urbane than urban, but I digress.
I was watching Newshour and saw an interesting segment on the New Orleans school system and how to best combat truancy. There’s an entire series on NOLA and DC but you have to view them through the website directly. School Superintendent Paul Vallas seems like a man dedicated to fulfilling his job. He made one statement that was very telling about wanting to set standards that the “culture” had to fit and not the other way around. With the truancy problem amongst some students multiple strategies are needed to turn things around. At one point a teacher had at least 10 students who hadn’t shown up for class and she expressed her frustration about having to repeat the same lessons repeatedly. It was such a disservice to those who came prepared to class. 
When you think about it, some people don’t value education. We can certainly point to overcrowding or lack of materials or other situations that discourage learning, but as it’s pointed out, ultimately it’s up to the parents to monitor their children. They sent officers to search for wayward students who would be issued a summons if they were over 16 or sent to a center for an evaluation by a social worker. One student had a drug problem and wanted help. In another segment the parent of a 2nd grader complained about having to take a day off from work to attend court because her child had missed 21 days of school. She didn’t appear on camera but asked the officers how many days would it take for further truancy for the State to take the child. She admitted that she didn’t want her daughter. Yes, my jaw dropped! 
My experience with school was one of joy. I usually liked my teachers a lot and couldn’t wait to go to school. In fact I much preferred school to being at home and joined a lot of after-school clubs for the camaraderie as well as to be a more attractive college applicant. You would have to be pretty disconnected and embroiled in family turmoil to intentionally skip school. The drop-out rates amongst certain groups of teens is as high as 50%. With no education, the chances of getting a job go out the window. That just fuels a cycle of illiteracy and crime. If you live in a segregated neighborhood that’s just a time bomb waiting to happen. 

Bookmark and Share