Re: caning

Scott Holmes (sholmes@NETCOM.COM)
Mon, 23 May 1994 19:21:14 -0700

in Los Angeles, is not so much dirty streets and some personal
freedom but dirty streets AND loss of personal freedom AND rule of
terror. You see, the very people responsible for the graffiti here
are also responsible for the drive-by shootings, car jackings and
general mayhem that is now all too common.

These "taggers" as they are called, exhibit the same behaviour as
jackals marking territory and are just as likely to attack if they
think you are "trespassing" on their turf. Consequently, it isn't so
much an easy acceptance of caning as it is an extension of a much
older concept of "American Justice". In fact, many home owners and
business owners I have spoken with would not object to a "shoot on
sight" standard. Why do you suppose Clint Eastwood films have such
long running popularity?

So, perhaps what is perceived as too readily of an acceptance of
caning for Michael Faye is really a reaction to what Faye represents
in the eyes of many Americans, a group with absolutely no compunction
against doing you great bodily harm for no good reason. A group of
people unable to take responsibility for their own actions. A group
responsible for the death or injury of many people who just happen to
be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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