From City Noise:
The society I grew up in Brooklyn in the late 50's was effective in assimilating large groups of poor immigrants and making them into middle class Americans. I get frustrated when I see today's “expert” guided society result in a dysfunctional society. These are some of the lessons I learned that made an effective society.
2. Never pick on a girl
...Hitting a girl would not only result in correction, but ridicule. No real man would ever hit a woman. You would be the lowest form of coward. It makes me sick to see the gangsta crap, that you are tough if you mistreat "bitches"
5. Don’t touch other peoples stuff
Everyday I read a news story about someone going to jail or getting beat up that they could have avoided by learning this lesson. When I was a kid if you leaned against someone’s meticulously maintained hot rod or new Buick, you were in big trouble when the hothead who owned it showed up. If someone was lucky enough to own a pool table you didn’t sit on it, because you knew their Dad had worked hard to buy one and wouldn’t appreciate you causing a table roll.
We never tried it, but we knew that if we burglarized a house and someone shot us, he wouldn’t be charged, like today. No one would feel sorry for our Mom if she whined “He was a good boy, that just made a mistake” like today. Good boys didn’t break and enter.
11. Don't judge a person by their ethnic group.
I grew up in neighborhood with Jewish, Irish, Italian and Black kids. We teased each other and joked about ethnic stereotypes, but we knew to back off if someone thought we were over the line. It was politically incorrect but we worked out our differences in a fun way. In today's politically correct society nobody talks about our concerns to the other group, just within our own groups. This leads to covert racism, and prejudice.
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