Let’s make ‘grassing’ cool

‘Grassing’ is good. No, honest, it’s good to be a ‘grass’. It’s only those who are doing something wrong that want you to believe that ‘grassing’ is not good. Think about it.

‘Grassing’ is the act of discreetly informing the relevant authorities (that could mean a parent, a teacher, an employer, or the police) about something that’s been done by somebody else towards a victim. It’s about helping the victim. It’s about getting the wrong-doer to stop doing wrong.

I mean, if you saw a young baby being punched and kicked, you’d want the person hurting the baby to stop, right? Would you really be happy to just let it carry on because you “ain’t a grass”? Would you?

Yet drilled into so many humans by the bullies in their community is the idea that to do anything to stop the bullies is to somehow break some weird code of conduct. The code of conduct is that you don’t ‘grass’ but you let the bullies get away with whatever they wish. How mad is this? Yet it’s accepted by so many communities because they can’t see how they’ve been manipulated by the criminals into thinking ‘grassing’ is wrong. No, no, no, no, ‘grassing’ is NOT wrong.

People will say, “I ain’t a grass” when asked for help to stop the bullies and perpetrators of crimes, which lets them carry on with their crime wave producing yet more victims. Victims of not only the bully but also the person who won’t ‘grass’. The person not ‘grassing’ is producing new victims. Are they happy to do this? It seems so. New victims of robbery, of assault, of bullying are being made every day because of this nonsense about not ‘grassing’. Indeed, people who do ‘grass’ are then themselves victimised with quite horrifying results to reinforce the ‘never grass’ message to others, such is the control by fear that the bullies have over communities.

However, and here’s the thing, the world would be a far better and safer place if ‘grassing’ was not only acceptable, but also cool. How’s about making it a crime and a stigma to not ‘grass’. Imagine communities hovering around a person goading them because they had NOT ‘grassed’. That’s where we should be if we really want safer communities with respect instilled into everybody rather than the current climate of fear.

Break free I say, reclaim your dignity and ‘grass’ away today.

One comment

  1. With you all the way Chris, aside from one problem.
    How do you decide what is OK to grass and what is not ? The government want us to grass each other up for everything, it could make them money and save them time.
    They did have a ' Rat On A Rat ' campaign if you remember and now they talk about the immorality of doing cash in hand work and how we should grass up benefit cheats.
    Most of the people I know (and me included ) can be a little bit dodgy here and there.
    What if a pal gives me some order forms from his firm so I can get a discount on goods. I shouldn't get the discount should I. What if I give him the invoice. He can divert the apparent cost from his business, saving on tax and he can claim the VAT back. It's illegal but all around the Country people have their little fiddles, always have done, always will do.
    How dreadful if everyone who has nipped down the road in an untaxed car, or topped up with some dodgy fuel or given a good mate a ' lenient ' MOT, lived in fear of being informed on or ' denounced '.
    So maybe for real bad stuff, grassing is to be fully admired or even fairly bad stuff. But for midemeanours, my rule is live and let live, or society would be even nastier that it presently is.

    Peter Moore.

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