This comment appeared on the post: What’s Unusual About Sayreville’s Locker Room Sexual Assaults? Nothing. when it was re-published on Salon. The article on Salon (with the comment by tommyk321) is here: “A nation of Sayrevilles: Why Locker room sexual assault is all too common”
“Our nation is viewed by many populations as the bully of the world. Our kids notice this. We have major politicians advocate leaving uninsured people to die by the side of the road, and being applauded. Our kids hear that. We speak, in our homes and in public, in the vilest terms, demonizing people of color, women, queers and immigrants with “calves the size of cantaloupes.” Our kids get it.
The beatification of athletes, the constant exhortations to blindly support our troops, and calling military-garbed people who point guns at us hometown heroes are all signs of a deeply troubled society. Kids notice this. Open-carry idiots gleefully tote their weapons into grocery stores, not to intimidate, mind you, but to show their commitment to freedom. You think our kids don’t notice this or understand its purpose?
We worry, and we should worry, that our kids show all kinds of propensity for bullying and display a dismaying lack of empathy. We wonder about the origins of that kind of nihilism. We need look no further than the nearest mirror for our answer.
Our kids notice.”