In the YOLO, Twitter, Facebook, social media age we live in these days, along with the ease of access when it comes to information and how we communicate with one another, everyone wants to be famous or live out a lifestyle they’ve only seen in movies, on TV or the internet - especially our young people.
Two stories that came across the newswire this week had me thinking, “What the fuck is wrong with kids these days?”
First, four Chester, PA teenage girls ranging in ages from 15-17, for no apparent reason, assaulted a 48-year-old mentally handicapped woman, beating her up, verbally chastising her and adding insult to injury, videotaping the assault before posting it on Facebook.
The four teen girls, including two sisters, will be charged as adults for their role in the beating.
I watched the clip and all I can think about is that they did this video so they could post it on Worldstarhiphop.com and get views.
That’s the world we live in now, acts of violent assault being captured on video and posted to the Internet.
I’ve always thought that assessing blame isn’t always the answer; instead let's try and fix the problem.
The blame game can go on forever, as there is enough to go around; the Internet, movies, the streets, parents, friends; the list goes on and on.
But what disturbs me more than anything is the callousness, the ease of accepting the 'I don’t give a fuck' life - having no compassion or no remorse, living life like it doesn’t seem to matter anymore.
16-year-old Darwin Jackson killed his own mother because they were always arguing about his curfew and his late night hangouts.
Darwin admitted to police that he killed his mother while she was sleeping, shooting her in the head and beating her with a wooden bat, wrapping her body in a blanket and placing it a plastic bin, before carrying her across a busy street to dump her in the trash.
Jackson told NYPD investigators:
“After I fired, I saw her body twitch. She tried to get up, and then I started hitting her in the head with a wooden bat numerous times."
Jackson had been arrested in the past for marijuana possession, but had no history of violence, until now.
To give you an idea of what kind of kid Jackson was, his MySpace handle was 'ScarfaceKiller.'
The cold-blooded nature of Jackson’s crime, along with his chilling confession, is the issue with young people nowadays; they simply don’t care.
They have nothing to attach themselves to other than their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and what people are saying about them on said sites.
So what’s the solution, or is there one? How can we end apathy when it comes to this sect of our generation?
As a new father, I’m ashamed to admit I have no clue, and all I can do is hope teach my daughter to do the right things and pray that she doesn’t turn into an apathetic person that shrugs everything off with an “I don’t care” attitude.
An attitude like that erases any chance of hope, and for teenagers to have such callous look on life - especially at a such a young age - is heartbreaking.
Shaka Griffith is the News/Politics Editor of GlobalGrind.com Follow him on Twitter and send your thoughts, rants and outburst to @Darealshaka
Above: Darwin Jackson is escorted by police from the 44th Precinct after his mother, Tihesha Savage, was found dead.