Monday, August 01, 2005

There have been 2 specific front page murders in the last 3 days. One was based on racial hatred. The other was based on a whim. In one, a black boy was attacked in the park by some white men as he walked away from a possible confrontation with somebody taunting him and his girlfriend. In another, a white man was killed in a bus by a black man for protesting against aggravation - the man was throwing food at the victim's girlfriend.

Black men, white men - murderers have a common colour. They react to resistence just like they react to passivity, as these examples show. They are amidst us - and no better or worse than suicide bombers. Their numbers are growing, it would seem. And, it appears that they think they can get away with it. (Surely they're not stupid enough to not know there are ccTV's in a bus?)

There is a growing criminalization of society - white collar crime, blue collar crime, homeless crime, school crime. 16 year olds and 70 year olds. Paedophiles and misogynists. Reading the papers is like watching a horror flick. Some times it seems like we'll soon all have to carry weapons for self defence. At others, it feels like we're going to see another Bernie Goetz.


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