LC’s Commentary

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Skunks in the work

Approach at your own peril

I grew up in a rural area where there were many dogs-dogs of many different flavors. These dogs roamed freely, because they were not controlled.  Every now and then, one of them would spot a skunk and proceed to examine it. A skunk looks innocent and not very harmful. It will usually turn its back to an intruder if approached-a sign that it does not wish confrontation.  Do not be fooled by its apparent docility.  A skunk is very tolerant but if it perceives a threat, it will unleash a spray of a very pungent and awfully smelling urine.  Well before the affected dog returned to the house, you knew that it has tangled with a skunk. Talk about a terrible order.  Washing the animal would not remove the smell.  It had to wear off and this usually took several days. 


So, what do we have now? We have young people roaming freely and becoming exposed to skunks of the two-legged kind.  You have the Crack, Cocaine, Meth, and marijuana skunks.  These skunks lurk in the shadows and wait for the unsuspecting to get too close.   Those who interact with these skunks may not emit a discernible body order, but other signs will soon be visible. Lack of concern for personal appearance may be the first clue.   Failure to find and keep gainful employment is another sign of exposure to skunk juice.  Disrespect for self and others become pronounced. Angry and malicious outbursts are another sign that not all is well.  Loss of interest in getting an education is another sign that a skunk may be in the works.


Folks, looks are deceiving.  The skunks of the drug world seem innocent enough as they cruise by in their expensive automobiles, draped with young ladies and expensive jewelry.  However, look at the trail of devastation that they leave in neighborhoods. Even if all of the drug skunks of the world went away today, it will be generations before all signs of their harmful impact on society wears off.  The skunks that I speak of do not leave a tell-tell sign of an offensive odor. They leave something more offensive and destructive. They leave a trail of broken homes, broken dreams, shattered lives, grieving mothers, crack addict mothers, dilapidated and boarded up storefronts, and a people who are afraid to walk in their own neighborhood.


Many parents see these signs, but refuse to admit what is happening to their children.  They see the lazy eyes, restlessness, mood-swings and disruptive behavior. People! Be aware of the signs that you children have gotten too close to a skunk-a two-legged skunk. By the way, you may want to check and see if there is a skunk in your midst. There are certainly plenty tell-tell signs.  If you are not aware of them, seek and find out what they are. There is certainly plenty of information available.  


Copyright 2006
This commentary written by L.C. Thornton, for The Peoples Voice Black Weekly News
To reprint ONLY WITH PERMISSION contact:
L.C. Thornton at


April 30, 2006 - Posted by | Black Youth, The Black Man, Uncategorized, youth crime

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