Thursday, August 09, 2012

Welcome To The Fight, Mary Mitchell

When a 13-year-old boy shows up in a rap video cursing like a grown man, flashing money and posing with a gun, his parents and other adults involved are morally bankrupt.

Here's the video*. It's way hideous and I'm not embedding it here. As I gave you the link, feel free to leave a comment about me and moral fig leaves.

I dunno. I'm not sure where to go with this after those two links. It's not like this is any kind of surprise and Mary's shock and horror speak more to her need to break out of her progressive bubble than anything else. Chicago's flash mob robbery groups aren't carding their members so had he gone along on one of their charming outings, Lil Mouse might have fit somewhere around the second standard deviation on the age curve.

Mary's all wound up about the guns and the swearing, but that's a feature, not a bug when it comes to our postmodern culture of moral relativism. I haven't read any of her other work, but scanning the comments in that essay, it's a good bet that up to now, Mary's been part of the problem.

Having said that, Mary is making the right analysis and it shows that some amount of moral awakening is possible. How far she goes depends on her. If she's fatalistic, she'll be buying 9mm ammo and bottled water 5 years from now. If she's got some fight in her, she'll keep going after this. Let's hope it's the latter.

This post is too grim. I like daisies. Here's a pretty one.
* - The video is pretty lousy, even for amateur rap. Lil Mouse seems to lose interest in the whole affair about  halfway through and sleepwalks his way through the end of the song. That goes along with his demeanor in the video - he looks like he's been getting by on about 4 hours of sleep a night and eating rubbish. Which he probably has**.

** - I blame Dean and his endless racism.

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