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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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