From young we try to teach our children that hard work pays off.  If you work hard you will learn your ABC’s and 123’s, and that will make mommy and daddy happy.  If you work hard at keeping your bedroom clean you’ll get a sticker, and that will make you happy because then you’ll know where all your favorite toys are.  As they get older we try to teach that innovation, good ideas, creativity and dedication, in addition to hard work, can pay off.  And so on and so forth, blah blah blah.  But then you read aticles like this that call into question all of our ideas on the merits of hard work. 

Miss Nevada was stripped of her title for for public displays of sluttiness, and the result is that she gets a $2 million two year contract to host a monthly show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  That means that she will work about 24 days and get paid millions.  What kind of signals are we sending to our young people in the United States when this kind of thing happens more often than not?  I’m not saying that people are not entitled to second chances.  What I’m saying is that in order to get that second chance you should show that you are sincere and worthy.  No wonder so many young black women fight to shake their “money makers” in music videos, it may pay off, or at least that’s what it looks like on the surface to young people.  I think the realities are a lot more sobering.  One such reality is that the former Miss Nevads is a white girl, and that may say it all.  (Anyone that wants to pull the Vanessa Williams card can feel free to do so, but Ms. Williams proved that she can sing and act, so her success after her Miss America title was stripped was based on talent, and a drive to be more than her mistake.)

It’s hard to try to teach morals and values when people like Jay-Z use $1 million dollars in drug money to start a super-successful record company.  Yes he’s doing a lot of good with his money and is finally starting to say and do the right thing in the media, but kids don’t see that.  They see former drug dealer turned rap mogul, not rap mogul turned philanthropist.  And when it comes to Miss Nevada they don’t see someone that was stripped of her “prestigious” national title, they see a girl that showed her ass and breasts and got a pretty cool job offer because of it.  But maybe I’m just hating.