Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Most Offensive

“You were bold and strong, and ready to begin your life
All for nothing, you were sacrificed
You began alone, and so it will be when you die
All for nothing, will you be remembered?”
- David Draiman

Political correctness, boycotts, protests. It seems like everyone is offended about something these days. Too often it is crap that doesn’t matter. Too often it is crap that isn’t that important, stuff that people pick up to make their own crusade because it makes them feel important. At the drop of the hat people make protest signs and picket places which only draw attention to what they are protesting in the first place. They want something censored or abolished and end up being a media fed free advertisement for the very thing they despise.

Sometimes people should just shut up.

There is actually an organized group self proclaimed feminists complaining about the name of a restaurant called “The Pink Taco”, saying it is vulgar, sexist and offensive to women. I had never heard of the place until they started protesting it. They just gave it free advertising. I also wonder how many of these people have ever bothered to protest about how lenient the laws are on child molesters. I guess that isn’t as much of a feminist priority as the rape of young boys and girls.

People protested at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland complaining about how KISS should be inducted.

PETA protested in Washington DC saying that eating chicken could spread bird flu. Which is not even scientifically sound.

Flight attendants, (politically incorrect to now refer to them as stewardesses) protested a movie called Flight Plan because some of the “attendants” in the movie turned out to be bad guys. I wonder why Psychiatrists didn’t protest Silence of the Lambs because Doctor Hannibal Lector was a serial killer.

People protest record stores for selling CD full of curse words, because they are too lazy to simply monitor what their kids listen to.

People protest movies saying that violent movies make kids kill. Not poor parenting, mental illness, abuse, or exposure to real violence at home mind you. It is movies and video games they say. Even though most kids never kill anyone.

People protest TV saying that the average child is exposed to 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on TV by the time he completes elementary school. Yet the “average” child never murders anyone.

Protest, protest, protest. Pseudo-hippies, wannabe activists, attention seeking, “cause” needing, junk science educated idiots.

Here is what is offensive to me…and what should be offensive to everyone. Here is what people should really be protesting. Something that isn’t easy to fix, so people are afraid to try.

People are more offended at the phrase, “fuck you” than they are at the fact that 1 in 4 girls will be sexually molested before the age of 18 in our society.

People are more offended at fake violence on TV than they are at the fact that the average pedophile will molest between 50 and 150 children. People are more offended at the abuse of animals than the fact that the total number of children reported for suspicion of child abuse and neglect in 1998 was 3,154,000. OVER 3 MILLION!!!

It is offensive that in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was formed a full 9 years BEFORE the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Children was founded in 1875. (The first child protective agency in the world.)

And yet we can’t seem to figure out why kids are going into schools and shooting each other to death.

We cannot seem to figure out why there continues to be an ever exploding gang population. We cannot seem to figure out why kids in foster care, in group homes, and in residential facilities are aggressive, defiant, and sometimes violent. We see reports of youth violence and hear the media drum the same old line of “motive unknown”. We know the motive, if we would just open our eyes. If we would just prioritize what is really important.

Saving the whales, conservation, and speaking your mind is fine. But if our kids continue to be victimized, tortured, forgotten by the system, and used as sexual fodder then there will be no youth left to enjoy all that we have fought so hard to “save.”

I work with these kids every day. I see pain in their eyes that most people cannot fathom. I see and hear things that most people would find nearly unbelievable. Because they don’t want to think that people can be so cruel. They don’t want to acknowledge that monsters do exist and that they do not live under our beds. Monsters that feed on our unattended and forgotten children. Monsters that sometimes live in our churches, in our schools, and sometimes across the street.

So instead they bury their heads in the sands of half baked crusades while our self absorbed society continues to bury our children under a mountain of bureaucracy and continuing neglect.

And that is what is most offensive to me.