Our mayor is trying to deal with roving mobs of kids who have beaten and robbed bystanders in the downtown area. I wonder how much good this will do:
ADDRESSING the “butthead” youths who’ve been mobbing Center City and the “sperm donors” who’ve passed for their fathers, Mayor Nutter thundered from the pulpit of his church yesterday in uncharacteristically fiery remarks.
“You’ve damaged yourself, you’ve damaged another person, you’ve damaged your peers and, quite honestly, you’ve damaged your own race,” he said. “You damaged your own race.
“If you want . . . anybody else to respect you and not be afraid when they see you walking down the street, then leave the innocent people who are walking down the street minding their own damn business. Leave them alone.”
Nutter’s 30-minute sermon in front of a white-robed choir invoked rousing applause from the packed house at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, in West Philadelphia, where he’s been a member for 25 years.
The only problem was that the median age of the congregation appeared about four times that of the 11- to 19-year-olds who have randomly accosted Center City pedestrians this summer in large groups of mostly black youths.
“He might be preaching to the choir,” said church member Carol Lee, 59, of Upper Darby, “but I hope his message gets out.”
[…] D.F. Davis, 51, of Glenside, said she thought that the actions of the youth mobs were a slap in the face to elders like Jordan.
“Our older generation fought hard and it wasn’t that long ago we got the right to vote,” she said. “For some kids to take advantage of it like this is very troubling.”
Davis was accompanied to the service by her 16-year-old daughter, who had her own reaction to Nutter’s remarks.
“I wasn’t paying no attention,” the teen said.
This is a continuing problem in the city, and it ain’t just black kids. In the areas surrounding my neighborhood, I see lots of white kids who were being raised by fools and running wild. I wouldn’t even know where to begin to fix it.
See, a lot of the parents in those ‘hoods are drug addicts, and they’re perfectly okay with their kids roaming the streets at all hours because it frees up the parents to go looking for their next hit of crystal meth or oxy.