Stella looks to two-decade old column on violence
By Stella Foster email@example.com July 26, 2012 6:44PM
11-20-03 Stella Foster, columist. Photo by Jim Frost Sun-Times.
Updated: August 28, 2012 6:13AM
I WAS GOING through some of my old “Oh Boy! Ain’t She Opinionated...You Bet I Am!” articles that I wrote back in the ’90s in Sister2Sister magazine. My monthly articles were very profound, provocative, insightful and full of humor but still dealt with serious social issues.
Here is a repeat of one that relates to violence, from July 1999:
Some time ago, I wrote a piece about violence and how most thugs fight in groups and generally all beat up on one guy, then walk away thinking they are “all that.” I am still trying to understand why they stick their chests out and brag to friends about how they and 10 other thugs all used baseball bats, bricks, etc., to seriously injure or kill another human being. I fail to see how violent acts such as I described prove your manhood or womanhood.
I mentioned that Kung Fu movies may have a lot to do with why kids fight in such a cowardly fashion. After all, you can’t watch a Kung Fu movie and not witness 20 Ninja warriors all surrounding one guy, who, in movieland, manages to beat all 20 guys single-handedly.
Well, in real life, that is a rarity unless the one guy happens to be packing a machine gun! One lone guy cannot withstand serious blows to the stomach, head and face and still maintain good mental health. It’s only in the movies! To this day, I still feel terrible when I hear that some poor kid was jumped by a bunch of thugs.
Yeah, I said it!
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