The riots that occured this week have woken the world up to a problem.
A massive problem that is in the very depths of our society.
But do the politicians and people who can help fix that problem even realise what the problem is?
A couple of days ago, after a trigger people started to trash their own streets. Angry and frustrated rioters burnt London down in an attempt to claw something back. It’s clear even they didn’t really know why they were doing it. “I’m trying to get my taxes back” one girl told a reporter as she clung to a shoe box from JD Sport in Clapham. Naive and over excited teenagers felt they were taking part in a revolution. They thought it was a revolution. But it was a mere product of marterialism and commercialism.
People feel deprived and that these things will make them feel more part of society. What we need to do is promote self value and self assurance.
Failing and dropping out of school won’t make someone realise how great they are.Being ignored and downtrodden by a media and a government who’d rather focus on the “problems in society” won’t make someone realise how great they are.
And more poignantly – a pair of trainers won’t make someone realise how great they are.
More opportunities for deprived areas and more respect for young people will give the next generation a choice. Young people need to feel there’s a way out. There is a career for them. There something they can offer to the rest of the world. Not told they are a hopeless case. There is an opportunity to change their lives – but they need to be given it. Some won’t take it – but I have a feeling a lot of people will.
I can’t put my thoughts anymore eloquently than Russell Brand:
“These young people have no sense of community because they haven’t been given one. They have no stake in society because Cameron’s mentor Margaret Thatcher told us there’s no such thing.
“If we don’t want our young people to tear apart our communities then don’t let people in power tear apart the values that hold our communities together.” – http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/11/london-riots-davidcameron