Sign of the Times

Today my students had some interesting stories to report in reference to the recent protests in Los Angeles.

One of my students attends a Catholic school in close proximity to a large public high school. Her school secured a lock down today because the student protesters from the neighboring school became more than just a nuisance.

One of my other students goes to a local, public middle school. Apparently, during nutrition and lunch, several hundred students began demonstrating in and around the school. She expressed her frustration at seeing a sea of Mexican flags being waved around by angry students. She also confessed what I had suspected--that not one of the students knew the nature of their protests. When I asked her why she didn't speak up, she informed me that she had no desire to get beaten up in the locker room.

Freedom of speech, huh?

On the one hand, it could be considered a sign of a free society when protests take place.

On the other hand, the absolute entitlement and ingratitude of second generation Americans is near infuriating. They're receiving free education (that they walk out of to protest), free health care, food stamps if desired and any number of other benefits afforded to them by this great country. And yet, they're so eager to bite the hand that feeds them.

Most of these kids have no clue what they're upset about. Any opportunity to exercise their right to civil disobedience is fine by them. Just a quick glance at any recent music video reveals the value this generation places on disorder and rebellion.

But don't take my word for it. Dennis Prager calls the student protesters "ingrates" too.

Posted by Portia at March 28, 2006 10:27 PM | TrackBack

Ha, I saw those little guys at starbucks. I guess they needed a coffee break from all that protesting.

Posted by: Nick at March 29, 2006 10:30 AM

That's their way of "sticking it to the man," I suppose. Protesting America by drinking a tasty frappucino, and supporting capitalism, incidentally.


Posted by: Portia at March 29, 2006 02:40 PM