The Title could have been "London's Bridge is Falling Down," except I believe that has been relocated to Arizona! What is really happening and could it happen here?
The Ladder to Success only works if you can see the first rung. The London Riots are not about the death of a black man being shot by he police. He is no martyr, we don't even know his name. That is not the issue at all.
I am reminded of the movie, "A Clockwork Orange". Tons of violence in a post industrial age where identity is lost. There is a problem with gated communities and block after block, row after row of apartment dwellings. It creates a "them Vs us" atmosphere. The greater this divide the more occasion for trouble.
I thought of titling this post, "I have to water my tomatoes", that simple sentence would explain all I am trying to say. It contains responsibility and ownership, something to be conservative about. Youth today are feeling left out, an isolation finding comfort in gangs and street violence, the darkness of drugs and despair. If they see the rungs of the ladder at all they see them as broken or a ladder meant for someone else.
The difference between what is happening in London and other "hot spots" in the world is a matter of degree. The London Rioters are lucky. Lucky to be in a civilized country of law with a custom and culture
admonishing violence, a country where very few of its policemen even carry guns. A country that, so far, has
never used tear gas, water cannons or rubber bullets or other efforts at crowd control.
But they want a piece of the pie too, these rioters who have lost an ability or ambition to actually earn their possessions see this an an opportunity, an "easy money" opportunity of theft and destruction of what is not theirs. They see it as a destruction of things they cannot have. Toppling a broken ladder.
A part of this problem, in an attempt at appeasement, in a type of bribery in return for non-violence, we have given them too much. Or too little? What used to be a small segment of society, the "down and outers"
the unemployed, underemployed, those struggling with minimum wage and minimal jobs is now a larger percentage of the population. "They" have become "us"!
England has a National Debt problem also and for the past two years has attempted to balance their budget on the backs of the poor with various austerity measures. Basically less for the poor and less for the police who protect us from them. This is clearly NOT working in England and why anyone would want to do this here is beyond me.
Jobs. Whether in England or Egypt or here, this is really what it comes down to. Given a chance people would rather be good. Life is easier with a solid footing on one rung of the ladder and the next rung within reach.
This is a serious issue and I don't know how to solve it. We could be next.
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