Has the collapse of American civilization arrived?
Back in the days of the 20th century, a lot of kids would play stickball, marbles and tag on their lawn, sidewalks or playground. Nowadays, youth are locked up inside of their rooms playing violent video games, drinking Red Bull, listening to loud music, taking prescription drugs and/or desensitizing themselves to violence.
In the past several years, there have been numerous stories depicting certain sects of Americans as cold, isolated and hateful. Whether it’s a woman stealing money from a blind man at a Dairy Queen or a teenager who was convicted for killing a baby, it would seem that the dark days of the United States are finally here.
Over the past few years, one game has risen in popularity among youth across the country. No, it’s not the “Grand Theft Auto” video games but rather a real-life situation where youth beat up random strangers and run away. It’s called “Pick ‘em Out and ‘Knock ‘em Down” or “Knockout.”
Here is how it works: a group of young people – as young as 12 years of age – pick out a random stranger, initiate a violent beating without a motive and record the whole thing on video. After the vicious beating has come to an end, the recorded video is uploaded to YouTube or other social networking websites, though since law enforcement is catching on, this has become less ubiquitous.
In September, three teenagers, including a 14-year-old and a 13-year-old, beat up a 46-year-old, who died after he fell onto an iron fence and got his head stuck. Last year, in Brooklyn, police have been investigating seven attacks by young black teenagers. Also last year, three teenagers were accused of killing a 62-year-old father of 12 in Chicago and even stole his $60 – one minute later they stole $1 from another elderly man.
This is indeed sick behavior by whoever the perpetrators are. People are now subjected to the possibility of being assaulted by youth for just walking around and minding their own business.
Why is this happening? There could be a variety of reasons: a lack of a core family unit, disrespect for themselves and human life (if they don’t respect themselves how could they respect others?), a bad economy, living out violent video games, a paucity of discipline or the unintended consequences of government, such as minimum wage laws.
What is the solution? There’s a wide variety of things adults could do: become a good role model, volunteer your time to help our urban youth and be responsible when planning for a family (be a loving husband/father or wife/mother).