Saturday, February 5, 2011
The Blame Game
Then I began to realize that the problem is much deeper than the menial problems in my little family. On a recent audition episode of "American Idol," a horribly tone-deaf woman questioned the judges' decision by asking if they said no because she wasn't skinny enough. What?! Are you kidding me??? Instead of coming to grips with the fact that she couldn't sing, she tried to place the blame somewhere else.
And then there are those who (I almost hate to say this) attribute every problem in their life to race discrimination. This is a hot topic button for me right now. It seems that everywhere you look, every news story you read, someone is saying that they were treated unfairly due to their race. I am not in any way denying that racism exists. Because it most definitely does. Let me also state that I am, in no way, a racist. I don't say that I'm colorblind either. I see the various races in the world around me and I accept and appreciate that variety. That said, I think something has to be done about the growing problem of people "playing the race card" in every situation in their lives. This trend is being passed on to innocent children who are learning that when life gives you lemons, tell everyone you were mistreated due to your race.
I have been following a news story about a woman who illegally enrolled her children in a neighboring school district because she wanted to give them a better life. I understand her concern. And like her, I would try to enroll my children in a different district if I felt that it would provide them with a better education. But this woman broke the rules. She lied about her children's residence, stating that they lived with their grandfather. She lied about her income to receive free and reduced meals. She swore that all the information she provided was legitimate.