Kids Are The Best Mirrors

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Uncategorized
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“If you don’t give me enough love, if you don’t give me enough money, if you don’t give me enough knowledge that brings me wisdom I will be your worst enemy. I will never let you have peace!”, screamed youth , who were left voiceless for a long time, in London Streets. No one can ever know how true this statement is, as much as Londoners now do after being traumatised by the explosive riots of last week and re-traumatized by its governmental fight back this week.

Since the  poor kids broke their silence and showed the world how the country’s policy had ignored them , left them in poverty, left them in silence; the rest, who were shocked, have been woken up by the continuous sirens not by their alarm clocks every morning.

But what were all sirens telling us?

A rioter in Hackney.

A rioter in Hackney.

They were echoing across the country to acknowledge people that state and its laws were there to punish only the poor as the rich always steal by law. Otherwise we would have heard the same sirens when bankers robbed the country and dragged it to the  harshest economic crisis from which we are still trying to recover, which brought us social disasters like riots. The same sirens  somehow were silent when MPs stole from the state’s budget. They  were muted because MPs stole by law and even if they didn’t they were MPs.

Despite the legitimized theft and financial violence of the rich, the poor kids peacefully took the streets last December to reduce the sky high tuition fees to be able to study and maybe become the one who could make better laws for their country .But they were not heard, all they got was just a bit more violence from the police. Their parents, who can’t even spend time with them due to long work hours, marched to the streets peacefully on 26 March to oppose to pay the price of financial crime of the rich, namely publice spending cuts in austerity package. Were they heard? No!

They were not only unheard ,ignored or violated by the system ,they were also constantly provoked by the colourful ,most of the time immoral but still better accepted lives of others on the TV. No matter how high moral values those kids had, they were not accepted, they were not recognised in their society, where measure of everything was money. They had nothing, they were nothing.  And they didn’t steal like the rich with high status but low morals did, they didn’t know how to steal legitimately like the white collared ones did. They got angry more and more every day. The only thing they looked for was that to communicate with their state that stubbornly ignored them. They rioted, they were violated and they violated just like a rioter said in the scene that: “You got to fight fire with fire!”.

Did they get heard? We don’t know yet.

When London was burning and youth was screaming on the streets that: “Enough is enough! We, too, exist in this society!”Their Prime Minister was on holiday in Tuscan and took three days to return to the country. His reaction was as violent and insensitive as rioters’ actions. He ordered police to raid rioters’ homes that criminalised and punished every member of one family regardless their age, health and criminal records. However that wasn’t the answer that people wanted to hear.

People wanted know why that had happened, what was supposed to be done not to have it again? While rioters were “Facing the Justice” like PM said, leaders were facing these questions of which roots come from social and financial injustice.

Whether it was consequences of financial crisis or moral collapses in every part of society; whether it was the result  of  bad
parenting  or of  indirectly privatized education system; whether it was the result of unseen war on women; whether it was  the rights given with no responsibilities ;whether it was  discontented TV programmes that praise immoral personalities and present them as role models to the youth; whether it was  the partial media that never gives voice to victims of the system; whether they did it for fun or they did because they couldn’t find the way out, it is hard for one not to think and painfully ask that, why do we need explosive riots  to be heard if we live in a democratic society?

If today, leaders are going to inquire the riots to create a better society, whom de we need to thank? Do we need to thank those most of who committed the first crimes of their lives by rioting or leaders who never heard them but claimed to have built a  democratic society? Which ones are the real criminals of this social disaster? Did those kids not victimise themselves for
us to have a real democratic society?

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