Responsible Courses Of Action In Given Situations And Assessment Of Consequences For Irresponsible Behavior
Now that we have defined civic responsibility, seen examples of how civic responsibility looks, and have examples of irresponsible behavior, we have enough information to base our suggested courses of actions and give assessments for irresponsible behavior.
The Situation: No available location in Virginia Beach to rent for Greekfest events.
Suggested Responsible Courses of Action:
The promoter of Greekfest should have tried to secure another facility in Norfolk or contact the NAACP to see if they could talk to the city and get them to reverse its decision of refusing to rent to him.
As the representatives for the city, the leaders should have accepted the Beach Committee’s recommendation for a welcome tent (Paust, 1989). The welcome tent would serve as a point of contact to give out information pertaining to traffic and noise ordinances as well as guidelines for obeying the law and to show hospitality to the Greekfest attendees visiting their city.
Assessment of Consequences For Irresponsible Behavior:
In my opinion, the consequences for irresponsible behavior from the subgroup of Greekfest attendees did not warrant the aggressive tactics used by the police in riot gear on anyone that was a part of the Greekfest event. The majority of Greekfest goers were just hanging out and not committing any looting or doing any chanting. They were, however, spectators to a group of people who decided to protest in their own way as they had the right to do backed by the First Amendment which guarantees freedom of speech even if it was offending to the police. The frustration the Greekfest goers were feeling, as a result of the treatment they had been receiving that weekend, came in the form of chanting and they didn’t care who heard them. The police were intent on clearing the streets, but failed to go after the looters who were actually breaking the law. After it was declared an “unlawful assembly” (Applegate, 2009), they started closing off access to the beach, they were trying to make everyone go to their hotel and that really caused problems. These consequences were unfair to the majority and should not have been imposed on them.
Think And Respond
- How It Started
- How Could The 1989 Greekfest Riots Been Avoided?
- Social and Economic Implications
- What Is Civic Responsibility?
- Responsible Course of Action
- A Change For The Better
- People Who Made A Difference
- Conclusion and Reflection
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