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America’s Love Affair With Violence

Anything founded from violence that profits from violence cannot be
expected to fix itself around issues of violence. The number one
products in most markets cater to America’s love of violence: video
games, movies, TV shows and social media shares (look up World Star
Hip Hop). Violence is everywhere and consumers in America love it – it’s what they spend their money and free time on. All things are produced based on demand.

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Anything founded from violence that profits from violence cannot be
expected to fix itself around issues of violence. The number one
products in most markets cater to America’s love of violence: video
games, movies, TV shows and social media shares (look up World Star
Hip Hop). Violence is everywhere and consumers in America love it – it’s what they spend their money and free time on. All things are produced based on demand,

Is it possible that we actually “like violence” as long as it does not
directly effect us? Jerry Springer was almost canceled before fights
sparked a jump in ratings and then became a mainstay. Today, almost
all talk shows have security on stage to make sure the fighting does
not get out of hand. It has to remain at an enjoyable level.

What about America’s favorite sport? Football. We now know it causes massive brain damage – everytime two heads collide at whiplash speeds(taken from NFL study). Multi-billion dollar industry with a worldwide event, the Super Bowl, as a national holiday-like, family fun activity. The President of the United States has stated if he had a son, he would not let him play football.

We want our housewives to be real. The most successful housewives on reality shows are the most violent ones.
Is violence the American way of life? I recently saw a stand up comedy
performance by Kevin Hart where he literally said “I love domestic
violence!” The crowd gave a mixed reaction at first, but then he went on to
explain why some people deserved it – the crowd loved it. He went on to do an entire bit around why women deserve to be assaulted. But it was
ok because it was entertainment for the mostly African American
audience.

Any and all forms of violence must be stopped to ever get it out of
our system (video games, movies, tv shows, world star hip hop,
comedians who promote domestic violence, Maury, Jerry Springer,
bullying, sports)

Violence is not limited to a specific race, gender or sexual orientation. It
was introduced to us when we took America, when we later came to America, how we
protect America, entertain America, teach men how to religiously
control women in America and so forth.

We are ok with some elements of violence – as long as it is happening
to others. We could never come out and march against ALL violence or
we would have to change our entire system, our music, our movies, our
video games – our profits.

Calls for legislation simply allows for violence (that we love for entertainment) to be distributed equally. The answer is not legislation, it’s every household evaluating their daily dose of violence intake and willingness to be held accountable for the amount of violence they approve of. Poverty does not equal
violence. Violence has no income constraints.

You teach people how to treat you by what you allow.

Somewhere in America a kid is being introduced to violence – for entertainment purposes, though. We are crossing our fingers that it won’t lead to violence one day.

(Secretly we know that it will).

National Youth Pride Services,

Chicago, IL 60601

Phone. 773-YPS-8051