I get it. Kids will be kids. Growing up and making mistakes is a part of life. Doing shit that makes you feel like you’re some kind of bad ass is what happens in your teens. But copping out ill-fated decisions on age is merely just that. And when it’s a mistake that you make over and over and over, then you’re obviously not learning from it. So why was I not surprised to see the largest pumpkin on my stoop smashed into a million pieces on my walk home from work yesterday? Because kids suck.
And it’s nearly that simple. It spreads to bigger things. I don’t care who you are, what color you are, where your parents are from, what kind of education you have, or what kind of clothes you’re wearing. If you act like a jackass (or “thug” as is commonly used in the media), then you will be treated like one. Maybe in another city these kinds of actions would be chalked up to bad decision making and bad luck. Living in a city, there’s tons of crazy things that happen week to week and while buying pumpkins or hanging decorations isn’t asking for it, leaving anything out for people fuck with is always dicey.
But I don’t live in any old city. I live in Baltimore City, where a few months ago hundreds if not thousands of kids destroyed shit that didn’t belong to them. Some people chalked it up to kids being kids. Some blamed it on poor city planning (and it was, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shouldn’t have even considered running). And others said that it was something that had been brewing for a while outside of the obvious tension between African-Americans and Baltimore City cops/judicial system.
So where’s the line drawn between rioting and just being an asshole? Because as far as I can see it’s the same damn thing. My stoop is still on my property. I paid for that smashed pumpkin. This isn’t the first time this has happened. It happened last year too. When do you stop shaking it off and saying kids will be kids? And if you can’t read between the lines, then you’re an idiot. There’s something bigger going on in this city that needs to be addressed. And while there’s an obvious misuse of power by police, the same assumptions made by cops out in the streets are only cultivated by poor judgment by others in a different part of town.