I had no idea that I’d almost piss myself laughing when I tuned into the Trayvon Martin trial yesterday. Yes, I’ve been a bit absent here on RaisinEmReal, but I’m still alive, and yes I still notice everything that parents need to be aware of. So I could not leave you all without my humble opinion of the failing parents and school system of Davie County Florida that has been made SO apparently clear by the inspiration for the book Precious, aka Miss Rachel Jeantel. I speak Ebonics, fluently. Even I struggled yesterday to translate not just her ghetto speak, but also her aloof and entitled attitude. My laughter quickly turned to depression when I was floored with the realization that Miss Jeantel represents the female population in Trayvon’s generation. Trust me, I have a 16 year old daughter and it is a fulltime job every day to keep her from heading down this path with her friends. I pray that this affliction amongst our teenage population is not like a zombie infection and that I can keep her virus free until she leaves for college, but I’m really scared people. Not just for my daughter, but for this world that they will all one day be running.
I may receive a lot backlash about this post, but it has nothing to do with race, or poverty; this generation coming into adulthood right now is just retarded. I know, retarded is an offensive term these days but only when you’re calling retarded people retarded, so if you aren’t referring to the mentally handicapped, I mean challenged, (because handicapped is offensive now too) then the word retarded shouldn’t be offensive. So I am going to reinvent the word by calling this generation, Generation Retard. Don’t mistranslate me here, I’m using the word retard in its literal form meaning ‘slow’. Because this generation is slow. They have been retarded by us because we give them everything, and require from them nothing. And when they are thrown into a public den of wolves, Rachel Jeantel is what they look like. How much do we owe it our children not to cripple them with ignorance in real life situations? I am sad that the Trayvon Martin trial has brought this crisis to our attention, because this trial was supposed to be a chance to prove that our justice system isn’t broken. However, the prosecution’s key witness has brought center stage the failure we have brought upon our children in this country as parents, educators, and as a community. I just hope that don’t remain distracted by the rest of the circus and start to make a few changes at home. We can’t continue to hope that our government will works these problems out for us. We have to take a more active role in teaching our children not just academics, but etiquette and proper communication skills. Let’s not just raisin ‘em real my friends. Let’s raise ‘em smart.