In cases like Graham v. Florida and Miller v. Alabama, we heard a good deal about the inability of younger people to discern the difference between right and wrong.
Watch this CBS tape and judge for yourselves whether anyone over the age of ten could possibly have any doubt whether the thuggish, cowardly attacks it depicts are right or wrong.
Then wait for Al Sharpton and the Trayvon Martin crowd to lecture us about the problem of white racism. There is white racism in some (fast shrinking) quarters, for sure. And there is also rampant, mindless, for-fun violence disproportionately among black teenage boys and young men.
That is not a popular or politically correct thing to say. It is, however, true. We can ignore it out of fear of being branded racists, or we can push past the intimidation and understand that it is victims, and not just victimizers, who deserve justice. We can also quit pretending that people don't understand what they're doing simply because they're adolescents.
P.S. While we're waiting for Al Sharpton, we can also wait for Eric Holder to move effectively to condemn the new "game" (as he was eager to condemn incarceration in his August ABA speech). I have a feeling we'll be waiting a long time.