We all know folks who need to toughen up and stand up for themselves–we might even be one of those people ourselves. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss whether bullied kids need to toughen up and how best to deal with bullying.

Topics discussed include bullying and a mom who says kids need to toughen up, a teen who changed her name from a “Black-sounding” name, Boyce Watkins calling for Don Lemon’s firing from CNN, and more!

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  • Discussion about bullying. Is it more prevalent now than in the past?
  • Discussion about a mom who says kids need to toughen up.

    This, she writes, is what infuriates her. “How long will it be before their typical boy-ish behavior gets them suspended from school?” she worries.
    “The mentality of our society in 2013 is nauseating to me, friends,” Metz writes in her blog.
    Metz warns parents that constantly sheltering their children and protecting them from all things “evil” sets a child up for failure.
    “Kids are being raised to never have to deal with adversity,” Metz told ABC News. “I don’t think we are raising a generation that will be able to function in the real world.”
    “Society is constantly coddling your kids,” Metz said. For example, she says, kids are awarded with trophies even if they didn’t win.
    Some of her blog examines the topic of bullying, for which Metz said she has received the most backlash about.
    “Understand I am not condoning kids to be cruel to each other, but I think kids need to toughen up when kids are not nice to them,” Metz said.
    Sources: ABC

  • Discussion about bullying versus harassment.
  • Discussion about handling bullying.
  • Discussion about a teen who changed her name from Keisha–a “Black-sounding” name–to Kylie.

    Last week, a young woman from Kansas City, Missouri made national headlines after changing her first name from Keisha to Kylie in response to racist bullying. She’s only 19 years old, she lives in a not-so-diverse neighborhood and, to make things even more complicated, she’s biracial.

    I don’t intend to judge or bash Kylie’s decision to go with a new name. I don’t agree or disagree with her decision, but hope that it makes her sleep better at night, assuming that she won’t be taunted anymore by her peers. Still, I couldn’t help expressing nagging thoughts on the subject that refuse to go away.
    Source: For Harriet

  • Discussion about Boyce Watkins calling for Don Lemon to be fired.

    by Dr. Boyce Watkins & Yvette Carnell

    Here’s the deal: We have a serious problem with Don Lemon. Not that he was ever all that likeable in the past, but to us, he was just fine as another talking head on TV. But when he somehow decided to provide impromptu black social commentary, we became saddened and disgusted by the way he used his platform to spread half-truths about the black community. Don might be more equipped to criticize the gay or journalistic communities, but going after black people has become a fashion statement.

    First, he started off with his politics of negro respectability, where he seemed to feel that if black people simply learned to behave, we would not be subjected to white racism. Then, his support for Bill O’Reilly’s argument that black people are primarily the ones responsible for racial disparities sent him further down the rabbit hole of confused and ignorant thinking. Finally, Don’s defense of the Stop & Frisk program, which has violated the civil rights of thousands of New Yorkers, was the straw that broke the Lemon’s back.

    So, let’s be clear – Don Lemon needs to be fired from CNN. There have been a long line of highly-qualified black journalists removed from the network in recent months, including Soledad O’Brien, Tony Harris, Roland Martin and TJ Holmes, yet the only black person that is regularly featured on the network is the guy who enjoys chopping off the heads of black people with a smile on his face. Sorry, but we just won’t stand for it. In fact, we keep wondering why the guy responsible for providing the news is giving his personal opinions on such a regular basis.

    Here are 8 reasons that CNN needs to turn Lemon into lemonade and pour his sorry behind out into the street:
    Source: Your Black World

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