Is America Entirely Nuts?
Fourteen-Year-Old Transvestites, Racists, Murder and Jr. High School: Welcome to America 2011
by Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers
One might think that, from the title, this article is the script for some outrageous movie plot ala Rocky Horror Picture Show or even some modern day Japanese horror “splatter” film. But it is not. This is a story about America today. It is the story of a very sick society.
Week before last, I went to the USA to visit my ailing father. He is basically bedridden so he watches the TV constantly. That meant, to spend time with him, I had to sit and watch the TV constantly. Torture!
Oh, how things have changed in the USA over these last few decades and, most assuredly, not for the better.
I went to Jr. high in a town on the west coast. I suppose I went to the typical schools with typical school problems. As a junior high school student, I spent most of my time trying to avoid getting beat up by the jock meathead white kids and the Mexican-American kids.
The white kids generally left me alone because they thought I was white. The Hispanics usually left me alone because they thought I was half-Mexican. I allowed them all to think whatever they wanted as long as it allowed me not to have a bloody nose, bashed up head or getting pounded with any regularity.
I can say that my strategy worked throughout my school years for the most part, pretty well; I don’t recall ever having my butt used as a soccer ball.
The first day at my dad’s house, while sitting in front of the TV and watching the local news with him, I struggled to keep my eyes open (it wasn’t just jet-lag either)… Suddenly, the newscaster came on and scowled. He proclaimed, “The trial of the murder of a transsexual jr. high school student in Oxnard that has captured the attention of the entire world… Up next!” Then it was on to a commercial about some processed foods that make American kids fat, sick and stupid.
I sat up. Did I just hear what I thought I heard? I asked my dad. He confirmed that I heard what I thought I had heard. “Transvestite jr. high school student? Murder? Captured the world? What!”