These are text messages I exchange with my 17 year old cousin Bennett. He is a white boy that thinks he's a Crip, is currently unemployed, has a girlfriend named Mercedes, and is one of the most unintentionally funny and brilliant souls on the planet.
As you may know, teenagers living in The New Tens
get bad press from pretty much everyone. The criticisms? Some complain about their attitudes and general lack of respect. Others call them illiterate and lazy. Still more cite teens' obsession with sex as the sign of a degrading society. Then, of course, you get a vocal few who simply throw their hands up in the air and blame Hip-Hop
Is any of this true? Maybe....Especially
maybe if you're Bennett.
What began as a low-key Tumblr
blog recounting the musings and misadventures of the author's young, wannabe-gangsta cousin skyrocketed to viral fame as viewers realized that Bennett's antics were a lot
funnier than expected. As of early 2012, Texts From Bennett
has a massive Facebook
following, as well as its own merchandise. You can find it here.
Now if only we could be sure whether the whole thing is made up or not...
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