The copycat tide is crashing in!
A man abducts six girls and kills one in a Colorado high school. A disturbed student shoots his principal in smalltown Wisconsin. A teenaged girl calls in a fake bomb threat. One of the mothers of a Green Bay would-be high school mass murderer says her child is a good kid – except for the bomb thing. The nation is in shock (not appalled, but in actual shock).
What is going on? How is smalltown/suburban America capable of such madness? What is happening to white youth in America?
Again, I have to go back to the culture. Listen, the last thing I want is to be typecast as a “one hit wonder,” but when the song is a hit, it’s a hit. And when truth keeps staring you straight in the face, it’s still the truth.
The ideas that arrest the attention of our youth are not being beamed down from outer space. They were not found in fortune cookies or accessed with a secret code. The answer is as plain as day, and there’s no reason that anyone should be shocked.
It’s the culture, stupid!
The names and locations change, but the result is the same: violence, death, denial, and bewilderment. We’re aghast at gang rape and we don’t know about bombs in our own basements.
Parents, wake up! Do you know who your children are? That’s right: not where they are, but who they are. Do you know what is going on in your own house? Do you know what your kids are “in” to? Who they are “hooking up” with? What motivates them? At what altar they worship? Do you have any inclination about their dreams? Their aspirations?
If you’re answering in the negative, society needs you to shape up. Get with the program. Start caring about your kids.
Black, white, Hispanic, suburban, urban, rural – we really only need to hear one message: Wake up! The cultural tide is crashing in. We can’t simply act surprised as sharks chomp down on our children. They’re kids, but they’ll be shark bait if we treat them like adults. We don’t have the luxury of waxing poetic about our youth. It’s 2006, and what was once free love is now HIV and AIDS. What you once called “mind expansion” and “experimentation” is now called crack.
Parents, the season has changed and now so must you.
The tide is drowning our city. It’s suffocating our suburbs. To stem the tide we must start at home.