Yes, the media is a problem these days - they really like these types of events. Your statement, "Had he been accountable from the beginning," says it all. It really does appear that many people today, of all colors, feel that their children are "entitled" to do exactly what they want to do. These families stand up for their children no matter what, feeling that no wrong was done. This is not the same as standing by your child.Things are fine. The real source of the disagreements have been between the supposed adults on either side of the issue. We've had no race related incidents in the past year. Things here are fine. As far as how I feel, I didn't start teaching here until after the incident occurred. I personally think that Bell was given some preferential treatment because he was a star on the football team and that led to his problems. Had he been held accountable from the beginning, it may have stopped this train wreck from happening. The charges may have been over the top, but not being from here, I don't know. This town didn't deserve to be dragged through the mud by Sharpton, Jackson, the New Black Panther Party, John Mellencamp, and the national media. I like working here.
In addition, some Blacks and Hispanics are taught via History classes, families, media, etc., that they can only be victims. And, certainly, there are those who will use this to what they believe is their own advantage. But, it only perpetuates the "entitlement" game, and eventually, perhaps, the child, maybe as an adolescent or adult, actually commits crimes, believing in his own way that it is okay for him to do so. In fact, some families will still insist that he has done no wrong, despite evidence to the contrary. Junior ends up doing a stretch in the bin; it's everyone's fault but the parents and the child. Very sad.
Parents of all colors really should think about what they are doing when they promote this type of "entitlement" behavior.