Fourteen-Year-Old Transvestites, Racists, Murder and Jr. High School:
Welcome to America 2011
Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers
by Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers: US
Embassy Japan + Nuclear Accident = Scandal
One might think
that, from the title, this article is the script for some outrageous
movie plot ala Rocky Horror Picture Show or even some modern
day Japanese horror "splatter" film. But it is not. This
is a story about America today. It is the story of a very sick society.
went to the USA to visit my ailing father. He is basically bedridden
so he watches the TV constantly. That meant, to spend time with
had to sit and watch the TV constantly. Torture!
Oh, how things
have changed in the USA over these last few decades and, most assuredly,
not for the better.
I went to Jr.
high in a town on the west coast. I suppose I went to the typical
schools with typical school problems. As a junior high school student,
I spent most of my time trying to avoid getting beat up by the jock
meathead white kids and the Mexican-American kids.
The white kids
generally left me alone because they thought I was white. The Hispanics
usually left me alone because they thought I was half-Mexican. I
allowed them all to think whatever they wanted as long as it allowed
me not to have a bloody nose, bashed up head or getting pounded
with any regularity.
I can say that
my strategy worked throughout my school years for the most part,
pretty well; I don't recall ever having my butt used as a soccer
The first day
at my dadís house, while sitting in front of the TV and watching
the local news with him, I struggled to keep my eyes open (it wasn't
just jet-lag either)... Suddenly, the newscaster came on and scowled.
He proclaimed, "The trial of the murder of a transsexual jr. high
school student in Oxnard that has captured the attention of the
entire world... Up next!" Then it was on to a commercial about some
processed foods that make American kids fat, sick and stupid.
I sat up. Did
I just hear what I thought I heard? I asked my dad. He confirmed
that I heard what I thought I had heard. "Transvestite jr. high
school student? Murder? Captured the world? What!"
I said to my dad, "This country has gone nuts. Besides that, people
in this country are so ethnocentric that they think the entire world
revolves around what is going on in West Los Angeles. Well, I work
in the news in Japan and I have never heard of this story before.
So trust that not very many others overseas have either. I certainly
doubt that most people around the world know this story (as if,
for example, brown-skinned men, women and children in the middle
east who have the USA and her NATO allies bombing their houses and
killing their brothers and sisters 24/7 don't already have enough
to worry about and would actually care (or even comprehend) a story
about some kid shooting another kid who dresses like a woman in
Oxnard, California! Absurd!)
But I digress...
For the convenience
of dear reader, let me bring you up to speed on this story.
In 2008, at
E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California, a then 14-year-old
student named Lawrence King started showing up for school one day
in dressed like a woman. He even did his fingernails in hot pink
and wore makeup, women's accessories and high heels.
Some of the
girls at the school have been quoted as saying that Lawrence wore
makeup better than they did. Even though the school has a dress
code, it wasn't enforced; teachers and administrators looked the
to the outrageousness of the show by often chasing some of the other
boys around the school grounds and making uncalled for sexual advances
One of the
recipients of these regularly occurring unwanted advances was another
14-year-old student at the school named Brandon McInerney. After
withstanding repeated advances from King, one day McInerney showed
up for school carrying a handgun.
At about 8:30
am, during class study, McInerney stood up and pulled out the handgun
and aimed it at King's head and fired two shots. He then threw the
gun down, pulled his hoodie over his head, and walked out of the
died two days later.
The media has
had a field day with this case. They have said King was a 14-year-old
gay. They have called the murder a "hate crime" and alleged
that McInerney had "White-supremacist leanings" along
with the rest of the circus side-show trimmings.
time the case has gone to court and, most recently, a mistrial was
(You can learn
more about this case here.)
commentators making opinions about this story should have a problem
knowing where to even begin; Hate crime? White-supremacist leanings?
A 14-year-old boy showing up for school in women's accessories?
14-year-old gay? Murder? Junior High School!?
Read that last
one again: Junior High School?
Utter and sheer
madness is what is going on in America today. This news story
ran over and over while I was in the USA. It was one of the big
stories of the day.
The day after
seeing this story for the first time, some of the nurses came over
to attend to my father. Once again, the TV was on. Once again, this
news story aired.
My father said
something stupid like, "They ought to let that kid go! He was teased
by the transvestite."
The lady he
lives with made some sort of snide remark about how he is a murderer
and must pay.
I tried to
hide my face as I rolled my eyes. It reminded me of the great writer
quote from Gravity's Rainbow: "Get people asking the wrong
questions and you don't have to worry about the answers."
The chief nurse,
who is married to a Japanese American looked at me and asked me
what I thought of all this.
to answer. It's been my experience that, nowadays, it is very difficult
to deal with most Americans and it is often best to keep one's opinions
to one's self. Not all, but many of today's American's are quite
the opinionated group, especially on subjects they know little about.
"Never argue with a fool, he may be doing the same thing." And,
"The only person to argue with a fool is a bigger fool." I try to,
as much as I can, keep my mouth shut. It usually makes me the most
intelligent person in the room. Please refer to the
Value of Silence at Meetings.
But, once again,
The nurse asked
me again. I did something stupid. I opened my mouth. I said my opinion.
Here's what it was concerning this mess:
or not this boy should be guilty or innocent is, I think, looking
at the symptoms of the problem and not the cause of the problem
itself. I cannot comment on this one particular case. I do believe
that this is a microcosm of a bigger problem. And that problem is
that the USA today has become a sick society full of sick people
because of big government policies that have eroded societies' morals
and the family structure. It's amazing how bad things have gotten
in the 27 years I've been gone.
Years of government
programs that put people on the dole have created an entitlement
society whereby people all think they deserve something for nothing.
Nobody deserves anything and life owes no one anything. Yet, these
social welfare plans have destroyed the family system. We have little
crime in Japan for many reasons, but one big one is that, in many
houses, the grandparents still live with their children and those
children's children. How many households in the USA still have three
generations living together in them and learning about responsibility
and caring for each other?
This has lead to a situation in the USA where people are not wont
to examine their own shortcomings and failures and are always interested
in other people's problems and worries. Anyone can watch TV here
for one minute and see that. People in the USA should take a cue
from Japan and mind their own business.
On that note, what difference does it make to you or me whether
or not Johnny and Ronnie want to get married? Who cares? It's not
your business or mine if two men or women want to marry. It most
certainly is not the business of the government to make laws concerning
such either. Are people happy paying such high taxes so that these
clowns in government can spend their time legislating what kind
of behavior goes on in someone's house?
And that goes
for many other things too. Take abortion, for example. If some woman
wants to get an abortion (I like to think no one wants to get an
abortion, but some feel a need too) then what business is that of
yours and mine? It's none of our business and none of he business
of the central government either. An abortion is the business of
that woman and her god and, hopefully, her husband or boyfriend.
Items 1, 2
and 3, above (among other things) have all contributed to make this
country a politically correct nightmare that has no common sense
and no basis in reality. That brings me to number...
4) This entire
affair is a good example of just how nuts the USA has become in
these last few years. In the USA, a
boy can be expelled from school for wearing a T-shirt that is not
flattering to the president, but another boy, in another town,
can dress like a woman and tease and harass other boys and not get
at least suspended? Don't these schools have dress codes?
My local friends
in the area tell me that there are dress codes, but when it comes
to sexuality or morality, school officials are afraid to enforce.
But that's different than the huge problems that arise when kids
exercise their freedom of speech rights and make political commentary
on T-shirts! In that case, school officials know they must put their
foot down! They also know they won't get sued as America in 2011
is a fascist dream come true.
But a guy dressing
like that character named Klinger (the transvestite played by Jamie
Farr) in the TV show MASH? No way. He is untouchable. We wouldn't
want to hurt any one's sensibilities, you know.
I could go
on and on about what I see are the problems. But I won't. I won't
because it doesn't matter. For America in 2011, the debate is not
heard, nor is it even desired.
are running around confused and wondering, "What's happened to our
beautiful country?" The power's that be are satisfied with
the situation as it is. When the people spend their time debating
the wrong issues and asking the wrong questions, then, you can be
sure, that the people will always be getting the wrong answers.
And that's, in a nutshell, what's wrong with America today.
me to show off my skills as a poet with this rendition of an old
English favorite about the Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers,
who is rumored to have highly suspect morals. I have updated it
for today's modern American society:
Porgie (USA version 2011)
George Porgie pudding and pie,
Kissed the boys and made them cry,
When the boy came back next day,
George Porgie lay with two bullet holes in the back of his head
(in Tokyo) Rogers [send
him mail] was born and raised in the USA and moved to
Japan in 1984. He is the president of an Internet & Cross Media
advertising/marketing agency and a media production company named
He writes about marketing, the Internet and Social Media at the
Marketing Japan blog. His book, Schizophrenic
in Japan, went on sale in 2005.
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