Or are we dealing with lazy parenting? That’s the question some black folks in Tennessee are asking especially after a violent disburbance in a movie theater parking lot in East Memphis last weekend. A promotional flyer from a local radio station encouraged youngsters to see two R rated movies that opened recently. Many of the young folks were under age for R rated movies and they were dropped off by their parents. When the young folks were turned away they had no where to go except to hang out in the parking lot and you know what that led to.
By Hank Dudding
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Shantique Brady saw the potential for trouble in the way parents offload teens outside the Malco Paradiso on weekend nights.
“It’s like we’re at a parade of minivans, with kids coming out of every door,” said Brady, who manages the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlor nearby.
The gathering of youths reached critical mass Saturday night when brawls broke out among hundreds of people gathered in the theater’s parking lot at 584 S. Mendenhall.
Memphis police detained 10 people ranging in age from 12 to 18 for disorderly conduct, issuing misdemeanor citations to some and taking others to Juvenile Court.
“I wish there was a camera so everyone could see how chaotic it was,” said Brady, 29, who closed her store early that night. “It was really crazy.”
Nearly two dozen Memphis police cars responded to the scene. Officers blocked cars from entering the parking lot while vehicles inside were allowed to leave.
The department plans to increase patrols around the theater this weekend, said spokeswoman Karen Rudolph, who encouraged citizens to call police if they see problems.
“We’re hoping it was a one-time thing, and we’re not going to have to deal with it again,” she said.
Malco executive vice president Jimmy Tashie blamed the chaos on underage kids who were dropped off for the R-rated scream flicks “The Final Destination” and “Halloween 2.”
When the teens were turned away, they had no place to go but the parking lot, he said.
“We’re going to let parents know that they can’t drop their kids off … and expect them to go into an R-rated movie,” he said. The Paradiso’s Web site now includes an advisory warning parents that minors will not be admitted to R-rated films.
Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Jerome Wright states that many of the parents are to blame.
By Jerome Wright,
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Given that this is Memphis, where bringing up race can be like stepping on a land mine, the local media, police and Malco officials have avoided saying that most of the teens involved in the Aug. 29 brawls outside the Paradiso movie theater were African-American.
But that fact hasn’t been lost on talk radio shows and in the community.
The chaos that Saturday night outside Malco’s flagship theater once again has left many African-Americans asking why our teens have to act like knuckleheads when they gather in large numbers without direct supervision. Anecdotal news reports of fights and shootings, some fatal, at these kinds of gatherings feed that perception.
Many people believe that roving groups of loud, cussing and N-word-using African-American teens helped kill the Mall of Memphis, Peabody Place shopping mall and the movie theater in Peabody Place.
Some African-Americans reading this are seething about now. How can an African-American write such things? And some whites are probably saying “Tell it like it is, brother!”
You all need a reality check.
Teens, black and white, like to hang out in large groups, whether it’s at a movie theater or shopping center parking lot after hours. They do things they normally wouldn’t do within sight or earshot of their parents or teachers, such as illegally swigging alcohol, smoking and cussing. African-American kids, however, generally are louder and more demonstrative, and that feeds into all the usual racial stereotypes.
I don’t go to the movies on Friday or Saturday nights anymore because there is too much hubbub inside and outside the theater. I cringe when I hear African-American teens loudly calling each other the N-word, especially in front of whites. Inside the theater, some kids are constantly moving around and talking. Teens and adults alike hold long-running cell phone conversations during the movie. Catching a flick on a weekend afternoon is a lot calmer.
You hate to read that young black folks are the cause of shopping centers or movie theaters shutting down. But what normal, law abiding person wants to shop or go to the movies where rowdy, unsupervised young kids are running wild? That’s why you hear some black folks say that they don’t shop at such and such shopping center or mall. Or they avoid going to certain movie theaters or only go the movies during a certain day or time. No one wants to deal with those headaches.
Check out the following articles for more info about the East Memphis incident:
So says Diane Black, the Tennessee Republican state senator whose legislative aide Sherri Goforth sent out an email showing President Barack Obama looking like a spook.
You see, Sherri Goforth sent an email showing images of all the presidents of the United States. According to the Los Angeles Times:
She did it by sending out an e-mail with images of all the presidents of the United States, with Barack Obama depicted below in the bottom right hand corner only as a pair of bright white eyes on a black background. Sort of like a ghost. But between just us, probably more like a spook. And for those not steeped in quaint Southern terminology for blacks, “spook” was once (an apparently still is) a popular slur.
The Los Angeles Times article also mentions the following:
Her boss, who reprimanded her, is emphasizing that she had nothing to do with it. The senator says she has always been a friend to “people with black skin.”
I feel much better now 😦
According to the Nashville Scene Diane Black has done plenty for black folks:
“It absolutely does not reflect any of my beliefs,” she says of the email that her staffer sent on a state computer to a bunch of her Republican buddies. “This is, believe me, not at all anything having to do with being derogatory toward someone in a minority.”
In fact, Black says, she’s “reached out to people all over this world” as a nurse. As evidence of her racist-free heart, she cites her trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. She went deep into the jungles of Guatemala like a great white bwana to help babies.
“I spent time in Haiti during the time of Aristide working with people with black skin who needed medical help,” she says. And if that’s not enough, her family once hosted a Brazilian exchange student in their home. Wow!
And what about Goforth? She said she sent the email to the wrong list of people. So apparently there was right list of people to send the email to but she hit the wrong button. Go figure. Anyway after backtracking on that wrong list comment Ms. Goforth issued another apology:
“I want to offer my deepest apology regarding the offensive nature of the email forwarded to several of my colleagues. I also want to make it clear that it was forwarded to me from an acquaintance with absolutely no political party ties and who is outside the Tennessee Capitol Hill arena. I should have deleted it upon receipt. Again, I am deeply sorry and offer a sincere apology to anyone offended.”
Makes your head spin, don’t it? I mean Rusty DePass basically calls First Lady Michelle Obama a gorilla and now this. So who will be the next person to act a fool and show their true colors.
As Mary C. Curtis over at Politics Daily states:
Lindsey Graham, one of South Carolina’s U.S. senators, has said he is “deeply troubled” by comments about race made by Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
So Senator Graham, since statements that speak of the need for diversity on the bench upset you, I know you’ll be demanding a clear apology from DePass – a South Carolina colleague — for his comments comparing the First Lady of the United States to an animal.
Is Senator Graham deeply troubled by Rusty DePass’s gorilla comments?
Yes folks we are certainly living in a post racial society.
Back in March I blogged about Travis Henry keeping up with former NBA player Shawn Kemp in the baby daddy department. Well fellas, meet your brother in arms. Twenty nine year old Desmond Hatchett is the father of (hold the phone now!!!!) 21 children. Yes I said 21 C_H_I_L_D_R_E_N. Shawn, Travis and Desmond have enough kids to start their own school.
Desmond can’t afford to support all of his kids cause he works a minimum wage job. But somehow he had the time and energy to stick Lil Desmond into any woman that has a pulse.
As if Octomom wasn’t bad enough, a Tennessee man, 29 year old Desmond Hatchett has now fathered at least 21 children he can’t support. Hatchett was in child support court again last week. His name appeared on the dockett 11 times in one day, representing 15 of his children.
Hatchett says he wasn’t out to set a record. He says he never intended to have this many children, “It just happened.” He fathered the children by at least 11 different women and he claims all of the mothers knew about his large family. The children range in age from newborn to 11 years old.
The article also states that he had 4 children in one year twice. Dude was super busy. But you know what? Not only is he an idiot, the women he slept with are idiots too. To sleep with a man like this, knowing about his brood says alot about them. And not even caring about whether he could be a disease carrier doesn’t seem to matter to them. Black folks are always talking about how the high rate of HIV/AIDS is decimating the black community but is anyone talking about behavior? Like the behavior of folks like Desmond and his baby mamas. No one wants to talk about the behavior factor. But some black folks have no problem talking about a mad white scientist creating HIV/AIDS in order to decimate the black community.
Anyway Daddy Hatchett needs to slow his roll and learn how to use a condom or get a vasectomy like I recommended for Travis Henry.