Today is the 20th of October, and if you have a presence on Facebook at all, you’ve no doubt been bombarded with numerous requests to wear purple in order to show solidarity with gay teens who have been bullied, some of whom have been driven to suicide.
Hey,m if you think that wearing purple will help, by all means do so. I am a bit miffed, however, that bullying didn’t seem to important a subject until it resulted in the suicides of some gay teens in publicized cases. This is a manifestation of the “hate crime” mentality, in which something becomes worse when it happens to a member of a politically protected class. I was bullied constantly as a teen, but that doesn’t seem to important, because I was just a middle-class white male. (Unless you’re that brand of feminist that insists that I was a victim of the patriarchy and the evils of masculinity, and that I can only help others in the same situation by renouncing all gender differences as socially constructed and adopting Marxism.)
But he issue of bullying is one that comes of from time to time, especially when politically expedient (ahem *Columbine* ahem). And with many cases of brutal beatings being caught on video and posted online, it seems that a good argument can be made for a general rise in bullying and childhood violence.
I attribute part of this to the increased sensitivity in kids (as well as parents). Things that would have been shrugged off or handled quietly in the playground after school are now full-grown affairs involving the police and school administration. Things that would not have even been considered major offenses twenty years ago are cause for psychological interventions and the imposition of zero-tolerance policies. Children are taught that any hardship must be taken care of by Someone with Authority.
But perhaps there’s also something to the idea that kids are just plain meaner and ruder than they used to be:
The culture saturates our youth with movies like, “JackAss 3” (and the previous Jackass movies), American Pie, and dozen of others crude teen movies. These kids grew up watching “The Real World” on MTV, where the goal seemed to be to get the kids as drunk as possible, and see how disgusting it could get. They have watched talk shows that cater to our crudest instincts like Jerry Springer and Maury Povich. Couples find out who cheated, and then we are treated to cussing and screaming matches on who the father of their baby is. And let’s not forget Dave Chappelle and his over the top crude racial jokes. Even shows like “Will and Grace,” which was supposed to enlighten us on gays, had stereotypical jokes about gays. The new hit, “Modern Family” even seems to make fun of what the kids call “flamers,” which are overtly and flamboyant gays. You don’t think kids pick up on that? We have a generation of kids who grew up seeing everything and anything on the internet. From the crudest jokes to the sickest videos. And NOW we want them to act decently and have manners??
We reap what we sow. We now have kids that have no sense of morality. They have been told by the culture that they need only listen to the “Church of Me.” They decide what is right and what is wrong. There are no absolute truths.
You can tell kids all day long to treat all people, no matter how different, kindly, but they imitate what they see. And what they see are grownups who don’t do that.
It really hard to take people like Perez Hilton seriously when they speak out against bullying. Like most other aspects of Leftist thought, such as theft, racism, and censorship, bullying is only bad when other people do it. Otherwise its funny.