Saturday Night Violence - No Easy Answers (3/27/14)
I suppose as an editorialist I should say something about the teens wreaking havoc in the streets last weekend in downtown Louisville. But I've thought about this all week and the truth is, it's hard to know what to say.
I could say it's wrong to beat up people and hit women. I could ask the parents of these kids if they knew where their kids were and what they intend to do about it. I could say that dozens of them should have been locked up -- as though we had surplus space for a few dozen extra people at the already-overcrowded jail.
But it seems anything I have to say would just be too obvious.
Many people quickly posted comments on our website about how this was a racial issue - black teens beating up white people. But this mob didn't really discriminate. They beat both white people and black people, of various ages and both genders.
This I know: This violence is as shocking to the black community as it is for the entire community. And no amount of police force can prevent this from happening again.
That's why I'm glad so many local African American leaders -- church leaders -- are sitting down with some of these kids to find out what's got them so agitated. Because this didn't just happen overnight. And only by talking through the root causes can we hope to bring this violent chapter to an end.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.