Oak Cliff Fights, a new and wildly popular Facebook page featuring user-submitted cell phone videos of mostly Hispanic teenagers brawling in the streets, is no more. It was taken down after WFAA aired its story in which LULAC leader Rene Martinez decries the youth culture that created it and City Council member Dwaine Caraway worries it's bad for the image of Oak Cliff.
In a way, this is nothing new. A quick YouTube search dredges up dozens of videos of Oak Cliff kids fighting. But the Facebook page gained traction quickly, racking up nearly 60,000 likes during its brief, four-day existence, meaning that kids no longer had to roll the dice on YouTube to get thousands of people to see their bare-knuckle boxing skills.
The Dallas Morning News' Tristan Hallman chatted briefly with the page's anonymous creator via Facebook. The idea, he said -- and we're assuming it's a he -- was to get the attention of "young kids" who "chose the wrong path so that they can better their future."
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And how, you ask, does a Facebook page encouraging young people to beat the crap of each other in hopes of achieving a fleeting moment of social media glory better anyone's future? By directing them to an unidentified Dallas boxing gym, of course, where they will receive guidance, training and self-discipline. All for a fee, presumably.