I don't consider myself being overly concerned when it comes to future generations coming up in today's times.
I basically relate to others of my age and live my 'everyday life' as I work and try to do the right thing by my family and friends.
However, a recent trip to McDonald's has troubled me very deeply; its directly related to the youth of today.
Standing in line I overheard some of today's rap music and like most times I toned it out.
It wasn't because it was rap music, but mainly because I was more concerned about what to order than listening to music that lacked creativity and only seeks to be attention-grabbing in a 'shock-and-awe' way.
The line I was in had a group of different races and age groups - white and black, young and old.
I was next in line when I heard something I told myself I didn't hear; a certain word which I hate with a passion because it had been (and continues to be) used against my race as an insult despite when current generations think of it.
The word is one I only refer to as the 'n-bomb' because its almost like an explosion of stupidity and ugliness that should be buried away in the ground like most of the gold the deep south 'lost' after the Civil War (but I digress).
After making my order and standing off to the side; the rap music continued to be loud and offensive with references to negative labels to women and men alike.
I looked at the young black male who was listening to the music without headphones and I wondered if he had any clue to how the others waiting in line or waiting for their food was looking/thinking of him.
That was when the rap song started dropping n-bombs almost every few words or so as if on a weird loop.
I couldn't do what my first instinct wanted to do because McDonald's is a public place and I don't work there.
However with children present along with women and men of different races around I was unable to do more than hope the song was close to ending.
With luck a new song came on as the young man left McDonald's to the relief of several of the other customers.
I'm not really sure what to make of how things are changing in the grand scheme of things, but with so many young black men and boys being killed by police because of sketchy (at best) circumstances; I know things are not looking good.
The young man at McDonald's was a prime example of a lack of common sense that might get him killed because he 'thinks' he's a man and nobody can talk to him as if he's a 'child'.
I've seen things less that an attitude problem get someone's feelings hurt and much worse, and with some police just looking for an excuse to kill - young people shouldn't volunteer a 'reason' for them to do so.