Monday, October 1, 2012
What is Snitching?
I thought I knew what a snitch was until I started reading the comments in the 'Should Girl Gang be treated as Adults' post.
I made reference to the person who brought the Facebook video of the girls beating on the lady to the police as 'A Great Snitch'.
People immediately started replying that that is not snitching. They wrote that snitching is street mentality; a bad thing to do; a negative term; it's ratting on someone.
They say that snitching is not the same as reporting a crime.
Honestly, I didn't know that.
So, I did a little research on the web and came up with some interesting definitions of snitch.
Dictionary.com: to turn informer; tattle.
Wikipedia: an informant; whistleblower.
Definition 6 at Urbandictionary.com: Someone who is regarded as being worse than a criminal, even though reporting criminals is what responsible citizens are supposed to do to help keep their communities safe. Snitches lately have become the subject of the "Don't Snitch" campaign, an idea perpetuated by gangs and rap music as a way to encourage anarchy and allow every murderer, rapist, thief, and scoundrel to get away with what they do. Sadly the law-abiding members of the community, especially children, are being suckered into this ideology.
I like the Urbandictionary definition because it clearly states both sides of how folks define snitch.
On the one hand, a snitch is regarded as being worse than a criminal. On the other hand, reporting criminals is what responsible citizens are supposed to do.
Let's get rid of the word snitch because it's too confusing and can make people mad at you if you aren't defining it in the same manner.