Edmonton Sun | 20Jul2011 | Orest Slepokura


Re: “Cultural violence abounds,” Mindelle Jacobs, July 16, 2011.

Transplant immigrants imbued with tribal values to an urban setting where their teenage children become acculturated to different norms by their peers and conflict is natural. The children are expected to straddle two incompatible worlds without  breaking a sweat, without giving their parents any grief: at school  they endure subtle bullying and peer  pressure as they struggle to fit in; at home their harried parents demand they uncritically submit to traditional codes of conduct. Maladaptive teens are dealt with in the tribal way: with beatings and other staples of household abuse. It makes for alienated and disaffected youth, often making bad choices.

Orest Slepokura

(Happens way too often.)