Friday, March 27, 2009

On Ryan Moats:

Let's talk about this winner for a moment.

As some of you may or may not know, I spent a substantial amount of my youth in Plano, TX, living about 15 minutes away from the very hospital where this took place. I could have gone to high school with this kid. I've noticed that many people's first inclinations are to say, "Well, that's Texas for you. Fucking Texas. Fucking White Dudes. Fucking Cops."

The really frightening thing about this, though, is that it's much less terrifying to say that this is a product of racism, geography, or cop-ery. If we can blame it on one of those those things, it gives us a ghostie that we can Pac-Man ourselves the fuck away from.

The truth, however, is that in a vacuum, people who fantasize about causing pain, who see themselves on tape inflicting pain and sincerely do not understand what the problem is, exist. And there is nothing we can do about it.


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Except make sure that he never gets laid again.

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