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8. My dad always made me fix the damage I did as a teen...
Tue Apr 28, 2015, 12:23 PM
Apr 2015

... I learned some valuable skills along the way.

I later got jobs fixing up crappy student housing that had been abused by other angry and lost young people.

However this turns out in rough Baltimore, it's probably not going to end up creating jobs or educational opportunities in the local community. The repair and cleanup work will go to well-connected outsiders, just as the police jobs do, emphasizing once again to the people of the community that the more powerful "polite" society considers them both useless and dangerous.

Fuck polite.

"Please, sir, may I have another bowl of your shit?"

There's plenty of work to be done in the U.S.A.. If the private sector cannot provide good jobs for people, our governments must. And if government wants to know what kind of work and what kind of educational opportunities a community desperately needs, then the experts are the people who actually live in a community, not some self-righteous asshole living in an entirely different universe, fully insulated from many rougher realities of life.

Dumbing it Down: I have a teenaged son [View all] ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 OP
I think this is a good post. bigwillq Apr 2015 #1
Thanks, and that is what I'm thinking too. ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #11
It amazes me how, on a progressive board... Whiskeytide Apr 2015 #2
It amazes me too. ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #12
Your post really makes a useful and timely point. JohnnyLib2 Apr 2015 #3
Thank you... ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #13
Thank you for this post. onecaliberal Apr 2015 #4
Thank you ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #14
Reads post, worries about responses.... daleanime Apr 2015 #5
I did too. ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #15
excellent post. fuggin, excellent. i agree with using this to better express how so many feel seabeyond Apr 2015 #6
Thanks. I'll make sure he gets it. ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #16
well done post - excellently made points Mira Apr 2015 #7
Exactly. Also, you give me hope that my son will make it through this. ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #17
My dad always made me fix the damage I did as a teen... hunter Apr 2015 #8
Thank you for this post. ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #18
Understanding is a good start Joe Nation Apr 2015 #9
Very well-written. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #21
Hope your life is getting better Joe Nation Apr 2015 #30
Sorry. If my child JDPriestly Apr 2015 #10
+10000 - I have friends with a schizophrenic son wordpix Apr 2015 #20
If you somehow thought there were not penalties for the destructive behavior, ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #22
Interesting how the same people who "empathize" with a violent child JDPriestly Apr 2015 #25
My child is angry. He has a right to be. I'm going to go with his counselor and the job ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #26
And do you empathize with the police officers who are violent? JDPriestly Apr 2015 #27
Reframing. ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #28
You never punched a hole in the wall? hunter Apr 2015 #29
Actually, I had a very bad temper when I was a small child, but JDPriestly Apr 2015 #31
Angry teenage girls frequently use their words... hunter Apr 2015 #32
Good suggestion. Maybe we should require police officers to wear JDPriestly Apr 2015 #33
My mother died thanksgiving day 1981 awoke_in_2003 Apr 2015 #19
I am so sorry. ScreamingMeemie Apr 2015 #23
It makes sense... awoke_in_2003 Apr 2015 #24
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