Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Mr. Answer Does a Little Translation Service for the Crowd
If the definition of mistake is “a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention” (and it is), then I suppose that this statement from Scott Christopher Cates is true.
Undeniably, Cates showed bad judgment and an ignorance that is almost painful. Still, mistake doesn’t seem quite enough for what Cates and his four friends did to a young man named Isaiah Clyburn.
My interpretation of Mr. Cate’s statement?
When you target a guy for a beating simply because he’s black, you’re committing an intentional act of brutality because you’re a racist pig. Make no mistake about it; these five teens didn’t make any simple errors. They didn’t just forget their keys at the office or forget to make dinner reservations for that special night.
The good part is that these kids are going to jail. The bad thing is that this is the kind of ignorant idiocy that keeps us all from realizing Dr. King’s color-blind society.
For what it’s worth, Mr. Clyburn shows far more grace than I could muster in his place.
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