Friday, July 21, 2017

What Are We Doing to Our Children?

[TRIGGER WARNING: DEATH, DROWNING]

A horrifying story has emerged from Florida about a black man drowning to death while five teen boys filmed it, laughed, and taunted him as he struggled. Jamel Dunn was only 32.

In the more than two-minute long video, the five teen boys -- who are between the ages of 14 and 16 -- can be heard laughing as the man struggles to stay afloat, police say, in a pond near his family's Cocoa, Florida, home. 
Instead of calling for help, the teens recorded the incident on a cell phone, chuckling during the victim's final moments. 
The teens can be heard warning the man that he was "going to die" and they were not going to help him. At one point, one of the teen boys can be heard laughing, saying "he dead."

The teens will not be charged with a crime due to the fact that in Florida, it is not a criminal offense to deliberately fail to help someone in danger. But I don't think these kids should be sent to jail. That is not going to make anything better. I understand the family wanting justice and I'm not going to tell them how to feel. But this post is about how the fuck these kids grew up to become this.

What is wrong with our society that a group of children could watch a man dying and feel nothing? Officers reported that one of the teens showed absolutely no remorse while being interviewed.

The articles do not mention the race of the teens (or any other details except their age range because they're underage). This does matter. Were they white kids who didn't see any humanity in a black man? Were they black kids so desensitized to the horrible violence against and deaths of black men that they felt nothing watching another die because he couldn't breathe?

These five teens are a horrifying symptom of a profoundly sick society and, to me, another indication that it's getting worse. These kids will grow up to be heartless adults, maybe politicians, maybe cops. By failing our children generation after generation, we perpetuate a culture of violence that kills the humanity inside each child. And mass incarceration only makes this worse. A lot worse. We need real intervention for kids in this country.

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