I know I'm going to take some heat for this but I can take it.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this. It may just end up being a rant...but here it goes.
Saturday night, I worked an area of my city called the old market. It's old historic part of town with very high end boutiques, brick streets, art galleries, restaurants and probably more than 50 bars...all in a 7 square block area. This time of year, it is very very heavily populated because of the college world series. One can very easily pick out the pockets of segregated ethnic groups in the area. They are white, black and hispanic.
Why were they black groups the only ones involved in bar fights, screaming and yelling on the streets and fighting with the police? One young man was even murdered that night. There hasn't been a murder in the old market in over 25 years.
The groups were asked to disperse several times. When they refused, they were forcibly removed. Then, they wanted to fight like the police had no right to put their hands on them. It's just unbelievable to me.
Some of the young ladies (and I use the term loosely) were fighting in short dresses and cursing like sailors.
When the police attempted to tape off the crime scene, people did not want to move back and allow room for the investigation. Again, several people refused to move and tried to physically fight the police. They were slammed to the ground and handcuffed. They felt like they were being mistreated and the bysanders were taping the incident while making comments like "I got you boo." "They know they wrong." "The police know they aint go no business slamming him like that."
What is wrong with us? What happened to us? I know everyone doesn't behave that way. I also know that there are a lot of reasons that kids end up acting this way and believing it's ok. There is a very long list of social ills that have created this problem. When other agencies have failed the children, the police end up dealing with them and that is just the cold hard truth. I know it isn't unique to the black community, but I know that is the only group I saw misbehaving that night. It also seems that is disproportionately affecting the black community. I'm ashamed to say it, but I just felt a sense of hopelessness wash over me. I won't stay wrap up in my hopelessness. That is just how I felt at that moment. I will continue to try and make my little corner of the world as pleasant as possible for as many as I possibly can...as I have always done.