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Monday, August 23, 2004

School year starts off ugly

The statute of Martin Luther King, Jr. on UT's mall got vandalized on August 15th. Here's the video. I don't know what they spray-painted, because it got cleaned up pretty quickly. It's being treated as racist vandalism, which is almost surely was since there's plenty of other statues on campus to mess with for those just looking to vandalize something.

This stuff doesn't happen in a vaccum. The right's continued thrashing of the poor strawman Politcal Correctness has convinced large numbers people, young men especially, that it's daring and downright rebellious to support racism, date rape, war-mongering, whatever. There is nothing daring about bolstering the cause of conservatism, of course. It's just pure cowardice to attack a statue of a man they would have trembled before in real life, just as it's pure cowardice to go pick on anti-war protesters in lieu of actually enlisting in and fighting the war. All of these things are part of a larger zeitgeist of intolerance, cowardice and entitlement.

9 Comments:

Blogger Jason said...

On Fox News at 9 they said that the police considered the vandalism related to other recent acts of vandalism elsewhere on campus. That doesn't mean it's not racist, but (in the absence of more information) I think it is possible that this particular act was NOT racist per-se.

Your larger point in your second paragraph seems completely spot-on, however.

8/23/2004

 
Blogger Amanda said...

Even if it wasn't strictly an act of white supremacy, it's clear to me that they chose that statue to vandalize because they wanted to maximize the offense. There are other statues on campus that would be easier to vandalize without getting seen.

8/23/2004

 
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