Tuesday, February 20, 2007,11:39 AM
This is sick.
Teens beat and kill homeless for sport.

That is just sick. This murder crosses a huge line, but it makes me ask - what are these teens being taught at home and in school that promotes their viewing the homeless as objects of entertainment instead of people? Is this how our vagrancy laws, rolling up the windows and locking our car doors, and "not in our town" debates get understood by our children? I have to wonder how those boys see minorities, women, and anyone else not like them. When equality of all people isn't a central value, history has shown us that the "lesser" groups become objectified and used by the dominant group. How can the homeless (women, minorities, homosexuals) be despised and ridiculed in the home and us not expect those taught values to surface - often in horrific and violent forms? It isn't an excuse, but just a call to make us examine the values of hate that are often conveyed to our children.

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  • At 2/21/2007 02:15:00 PM, Anonymous kent

    I seriously doubt that those boys see anyone as anything other than something to us exploited and abused. They can't have seen that person as human, they saw him as an "it". If I remember correctly there was no remorse on their part either. You are right, what are being taught?

     
  • At 2/22/2007 03:44:00 PM, Blogger rindy

    The truth is if you step back and listen to not only teens, but also what adults say, it is riddled with derogatory comments toward all types of people. Respect just does not hold enough priority in many lives.

     
  • At 2/22/2007 09:34:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    yes, respect is rare to find. It's the need to value people because they are people (children of God if you will) that is lacking.

     
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