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The London Riots. Flat Screen TVs, Blackberries, and Popular Dissent

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Here’s the reality of the London riots. Yes, they’re vandalism. Yes, they’re an incoherent expression of the hopelessness that these kids feel.

They’re not smart, they do have an unhealthy sense of entitlement, but to an extent these kids do have a right to feel marginalized and forgotten. Much of that feeling is their own fault. Much of that is their parents’ fault. Much of that is laziness, and poor choices (like where do they get those blackberries) in a pampered society. Some of it isn’t.

And here’s something else, life for American minority kids is way, way tougher than for the kids in the poorer areas of the UK.

But it boils down to this. Anyone – and that’s most people – who suggest that these kids are simply hooligans or just communards manning the barricades is being intellectually dishonest.


Written by coolrebel

August 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Posted in London riots, UK, Washington

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