Blair, please shut up and listen…
Once again I’m left wondering if young people today are the new scapegoat group in society. Blair wants to crack down on gun crime through initiatives that will only send the wrong messages. In a week where we’ve been told that children abuse their teachers and bully them online, its starting to feel like everyone under the age of 25 is somehow part of a terrible conspiracy to destroy the world. If this goes on, maybe I’ll conclude that ‘young’ is the new ‘Jewish’.
Suddenly we have to go tell young people how to behave. We’ve even had announcements of a new 3R’s: rules, responsibility and respect. As if rules are going to do anything. As the Commission for Racial Equality points out in rebuttal to Blair’s announcement mentioned above, more must be done to make young people, especially from ethnic minority communities feel welcome in society.
Perhaps the only respite has been the announcement that more should be done to help African-Caribbean boys succeed in School. Maybe more needs to be done to help them communicate with the pen rather than the knife and gun. I’m reminded of the film “Bowling for Columbine”, of the interview with a certain despised figure of popular culture, Marilyn Manson. Rather than come out fighting with all this rhetoric about stamping down on young people, rather than telling young people how to live their lives, the government and all of ‘mainstream’ society should do what Manson suggests:
“I wouldn’t say anything. I’d listen to them. Because that’s what nobody ever did.”