If you ever find yourself tempted to write something like this for the New York Times, just go back to bed. It’s far more productive for you to be sleeping than to publish something like this. And it’s far, far less likely that a ton of people will fault you for being asleep.
Because, you see, in this paragraph it sure sounds like you’re suggesting that teenagers who live in a community with “rough patches,” teenagers who push or scuffle with others, teenagers who write rap lyrics that are vulgar, teenagers who dabble in drugs and alcohol … well, those are teenagers whose deaths at the hands of the police we can somehow understand.
But, really, when an unarmed teenager is shot six times by a police officer after being stopped for walking in the street in a residential area, all the explanations about his behavior (which, if we’re being honest, is pretty much exactly the sort of behavior that goes hand-in-hand with being a teenager) are just post hoc justifications for overzealous, racially-charged policing.
LTMC: What a lot of people don’t realize is that you could write a similar summary of just about anyone’s life. I’ve “dabbled in drugs an alcohol,” I’ve been in fights with other kids, and while I’ve never allegedly been “caught on a security camera” stealing cigars, in my youth I did steal the occasional candy bar from the corner store. This was all true before I turned 18. I went on to graduate with honors from a large university, followed by graduating with honors from law school and becoming an attorney. It is incredibly dumb and misguided to summarize a person’s value as a human being by only recounting the mistakes they may have made as a teenager.
Whenever I hear words like “dabbled” and “vulgar” I instantly think of an uptight, religious, suburban, middle-aged white mom.
I truly go into housewife mode when im someones girlfriend like I will make u pancakes and bacon every morning and suck u up whenever u want
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im literally dating this girl
this a lie
she dont even know how to cook a pancake what is this