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  •  Watch it - you will jump and gasp (4+ / 0-)

    It's perhaps 90 seconds long. Sharkeisha and her friend are talking for approximately 20 seconds, too low to hear. Sharkeisha - the shorter, stouter girl - hauls off and sucker-punches the other in the face. That girl goes down, and Sharkeisha starts punching her. Suddenly, Sharkeisha hits her hard in the abdomen. That's when the watching girls, about 6 of them, start yelling, "Sharkeisha, no! You can't kick her!" and pull her off the bleeding victim.

    Sharkeisha is restrained, yelling, 'What you got to say to me now, fool?" and obscenities.

    This was the biggest tweet of Thanksgiving.

    In order to understand what your students are referring to in conversatons, I suggest the Know Your Meme site

    One way to deal with this horrible video is by using it as a teachable moment. Find out what makes them enjoy it. Do they like the violence, and, if so, why? I found it compelling because it is so shocking. The violent response is completely unexpected, and the video literally smashes our narrative expectations.

    You can also ask them what to imagine what it would be like to be the various subjects in the video: Shaarkeisha, the victim, the bystanders, as well as Sharkeisha's teachers, parents and other friends and acquaintances. She can't be an easy girl to know. How did she get so angry? What sort of upbringing did she apparently receive? Any parent who names their baby girl "Sharkeisha" isn't exactly setting them up for success outside of her milieu. What do your students imagine her life will be?

    I foresee a term in juvenile for assault, with that video as Exhibit 1. Her life can rapidly go into a severe tailspin til she crashes and burns.

    They say "cut back" - we say "fight back"!

    by Louise on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 10:20:46 AM PST

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    •  Relatability? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm sure these kids feel powerless a lot of the time. This is true of all kids anyway, but especially so for those who are at the whim of economic circumstance and how well their parents are able to access available benefits.  I think it's a normal urge to want to just haul off and punch someone for teenagers, even if they personally have better coping skills. Something about watching a person just stop caring about consequences and lash out is an understandable fantasy, especially for people who lack a fully developed pre-frontal cortex. As long as this is accompanied by an adult explaining the cause and effect of the consequences of becoming physically violent and how easy it is to become desensitized to the pain of victims in such situations, I don't necessarily think getting excited about this video is a sign of moral decay.

      It could also be a good segue into the need for "performing whiteness" and having cultural capital in our society, and how physical fighting is seen to be a class identifier. If Sharkeisha had other, more accepted outlets for expressing her aggression and anger, what might that look like? How is watching a girl named Sharkeisha brawl a reinforcement of separating and making a spectacle of "ghetto behavior?" What part in perpetuating this do viewers play when they watch and share the video? What is agency, and how do students feel about their own personal agency?

      Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

      by bull8807 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 08:13:56 AM PST

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