John Edwards was partially right: There are two Americas, but they are not separated by income. One has less crime than Europe (even in the poorest areas (that are knee deep in a meth crisis)), has stable family units, values education and personal achievement, works in the productive economy and saves for a rainy day.
The other America looks like this:
There are many ways to pigeonhole this divide: skin color, the “snitches get stitches” culture and the markers thereof, voting patterns, living on government handouts and Rent-A-Center, hostility to education, and plenty of others.
Personally, I wonder how many of these youths had a close relationship with their fathers.
Also amusing are the increasingly futile and condescending attempts by the media to sanitize these events despite living in an era of instantly distributed video. Nowhere in the Chicago Tribune’s piece will you find pictures or descriptions of the perpetrators other than the new codeword: “youths”. And “A group of older youths” I guess for the really scary ones. Occasionally, the news will slip up and publish a photo, but will dare not name the color. Why do they do this? Does the media believe these youths are motivated by negative feelings and will therefore cease their destruction if Evil White People do not know who to hate? I can’t think of any other explanation!
I think the lessons are fairly obvious: Distrust the establishment media and seek primary sources. And for crying out loud, carry your damn guns.