I’m so embarrassed!
A social media dialog here in Madison’s southwest side
Jeana Lavore, Meadowood:
I’m so freakin’ embarrassed right now in Walgreens on Raymond Rd. Bunch of Black kids acting ghetto, screaming & yelling & stealing. Who’s kids are these? Im kindly asking any Toki Middle School kids parents: please talk to ur kids. This behavior is ratchet [s.i.c.] [racist?] as hell! And we wonder why we get the cops called on us more often, We want other races to acknowledge Black Lives Matter but why would anyone care?? If we don’t care enough about our own kids to (least of all) teach them how to act in public why should anyone else give a damn when they get gunned dwn, knocked up & or locked up! We wanna call ourselves “Woke” Then we better be the 1st ones 2 Wake the XXXX up & do sumthng about these young people!
Jessica Ta, Manchester Park: Honestly I stopped going to that area. I always went there for the Mexican restaurant, but I can’t anymore. They would stop and ask me money, If I said I had none for them, they would literally cuss me out. And these young girls, probably 6-7 grade would try to “roast” my mom and I when we didn’t even look at them. Parents be aware of your children and teach them to respect others.
Daniel Riemer, Stratton Ridge/Ice Age: I agree with you 100%. We as parents need to take responsibility for our kids actions. I see a major decline in how kids show respect to each other and adults. Kids now a days are not held accountable for their actions. We can’t hurt their feelings by disciplining their bad behaviour.
Talking to teachers it seems the disrespecting behaviors are escalating in class. Yet the teachers can’t do anything about it. Where to start??? Like you said, it has got to start at home with the parents.
John Easterday, Fitchburg: It is the Madison area, correct? Maybe more buses would help with this?
Maggie McGuire, Meadowood: I have to admit, with recognizing my own implicit biases, I began to read your post Jeana and immediately assumed it was a middle-aged white woman ranting about things she doesn’t understand. I thank you for taking the time to put this out here and maybe it will reach some of the intended audience, maybe not, but these things needed to be said to ALL parents. Thank you.
Reginald Stanley, Dunn’s Marsh – Belmar: Why would matter if she was a middle-aged white woman? Would you have reacted differently and would you have still thanked her for her post?
She shared some observations she made and gave her insights on the matter. What she said would have been no less (or no more) valid if she were of a different race or age.
David Blaska, Orchard Ridge: Good stuff, all. Kids must feel loved and told they can be successful. Expectations. But also shown where the limits are. That in this way lies failure. Parents, teachers, neighbors used to reinforce boundaries. No more. Year ago saw three teens with pants below their butts at the same Walgreens, Raymond Road. A mother with 3-year-old (looked like) daughter said “We don’t need to be seeing that.” Person of color, she was.
This old settler went up to the boys, laughing and pointing, saying “You look like clowns.” And I am as white as Wonder Bread. (I blame my parents.)
AAM clerk says, “Welcome to my world.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: People, take charge! Don’t let the social justice warriors shame you. They are responsible for this chaos. And no, do NOT call the police! They’re already stretched too thin. Didn’t they just cede Langdon Street to Campus police even though that street is not an actual part of the UW campus?