Monday, November 30, 2009

Life imitates art. Well, maybe not art, but South Park.

One of the funniest episodes of South Park is where Eric Cartman leads a pogrom against the Gingers,  i.e. kids with red hair, pale skin and freckles.  As usual, Matt Parker and Trey Stone, the creators of South Park put together a brilliant lampoon about prejudice with Cartman becoming a little Hitler as he demonized the Gingers as being "soulless" and "evil".

Three boys (two age 12 and one 13 year old) at A. E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas, CA decided to meld Facebook with typical teenage male sociopathy and came up with "National Kick a Ginger Day".   According to LA County Sheriffs 4 boys and 3 girls of red-headed persuasion were subjected to a day of physical and verbal abuse by the adolescent brownshirt wannabees.  The boys were detained, charged, then released to their parents.  Dozens of other kids left messages on the Facebook page also claiming attacks on other red haired kids.

My goodness, what are we to make of all this?   Well, obviously, it was cruel and stupid.  I've always hated bullies, but many boys at this age are cruel, stupid bullies.  Most grow out of it.  I'm sure the perpetrators of this just thought they were being funny.  (For those of you who don't live in SoCal, Calabasas isn't exactly a war zone of social pathologies.)   A parental punishment, a good talking to, and a sincere apology would probably teach a sufficient lesson about acting like a sadistic asshole.  Lord of the Flies this ain't.

But this is the modern American education culture we're talking about here.  I'm betting these kids will be frog marched into some kind of show trial in the principal's office coupled with re-education with an army of diversity bureaucrats and possibly ritalin therapy.  For good measure, hand wringing op-eds in the LA Times will follow, I'm sure.

Not too mention a stain on their PERMANENT RECORD.

Careful, bullies.  Sometimes Gingers grow up to be
steroid enhanced, rage-filled, vengeful monsters.

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