I know, I know...the West Side Story was a "romance set to music". Yeah, right. Just like Romeo & Juliet was a "classic love story"...ABOUT TEENAGE SUICIDE! Whatever. I'm just sick in the pit of my stomach today about our "gang-related" shooting in the hood last night...and I'm ever-so-frickin'-sick of the media using that term. GANG-RELATED.
Can we stop labeling everything that has to do with anyone under the age of 18 committing crimes as "gang-related"? Whatever happened to basic terms like THEFT, CAR JACKING, ARMED ROBBERY, PROPERTY DESTRUCTION (graffiti), BREAKING AND ENTERING, VUCSA (Violation of Uniform Controlled Substance Act...aka, selling DRUGS), ASSAULT, and plain old fashioned MURDER???
"Gang-related" somehow romanticizes these acts and makes them less than what they are, numbing us all into a state of complacency. Murder is murder, no matter what the age you are when you intentionally brandish a gun, point it at someone, and pull the trigger with the INTENT to KILL someone. It's called MURDER, society and media writers. No matter what gang sign you flash, color you are wearing, or how old you are. And it is gut-wrenchingly sad we are producing more and more MURDERERS in this country.
I don't know WHAT Obama's got in his bag of tricks anymore than I know what McCain is sporting...I'm politically pensive and democratically doubtful (not to be confused with the Democratic Party). But what I DO know is this: It is time to get out there and save our children in this country...before all we have left is a society of shiny, new prisons filled with children under the age of 18 and dilapidated, old houses where these kids used to live, spray-painted with "gang-related" graffiti and falling down.
Now excuse me, while I go watch some more "gang-related" TV (because I KNOW several people who have a television set...it must be "gang-related", right?!?) about the "gang-related" shooting (**bile rises in throat just typing THAT trite statement**) in my neighborhood. Who knows? Maybe I'll have me some of that "gang-related" ice cream (cows bunch together in herds, too) while watching the "gang-related" political ads.
Or am I still allowed to call political smear campaign tactics LIES and the misuse of power CORRUPTION?!?...