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  • "I was mugged, and I understand why" A liberal U student (you can't make this up)

    Last weekend, my housemate and I were mugged at gunpoint while walking home from Dupont Circle. The entire incident lasted under a minute, as I was forced to the floor, handed over my phone and was patted down.

    And yet, when a reporter asked whether I was surprised that this happened in Georgetown, I immediately answered: “Not at all.” It was so clear to me that we live in the most privileged neighborhood within a city that has historically been, and continues to be, harshly unequal. While we aren’t often confronted by this stark reality west of Rock Creek Park, the economic inequality is very real.

    Year after year, Washington, D.C., is ranked among the most unequal cities in the country, with the wealthiest 5 percent earning an estimated 54 times more than the poorest 20 percent. According to the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, just under 20 percent of D.C. residents live below the poverty line.

    What has been most startling to me, even more so than the incident itself, have been the reactions I’ve gotten. I kept hearing “thugs,” “criminals” and “bad people.” While I understand why one might jump to that conclusion, I don’t think this is fair.

    Not once did I consider our attackers to be “bad people.” I trust that they weren’t trying to hurt me. In fact, if they knew me, I bet they’d think I was okay. They wanted my stuff, not me. While I don’t know what exactly they needed the money for, I do know that I’ve never once had to think about going out on a Saturday night to mug people. I had never before seen a gun, let alone known where to get one. The fact that these two kids, who appeared younger than I, have even had to entertain these questions suggests their universes are light years away from mine.

    I come from a solidly middle-class family, and, with relatives in Mexico City, certainly don’t consider myself entirely shielded from poverty. And yet I’d venture to guess that our attackers have had to experience things I’ve never dreamed of. When I struggled in school, I had parents who willingly sat down with me and helped me work through it. When I have a problem, I have countless people who I can turn to for solid advice.

    When I walk around at 2 a.m., nobody looks at me suspiciously, and police don’t ask me any questions. I wonder if our attackers could say the same.

    Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as “thugs?” It’s precisely this kind of “otherization” that fuels the problem.

    Young people who willingly or unwillingly go down this road have been dealt a bad hand. While speaking with a D.C. police officer after the incident, he explained that he too had come from difficult circumstances, and yet had made the decision not to get involved in crime. This is a very fair point — we all make decisions. Yet I’ve never had to decide whether or not to steal from people. We’re all capable of good and bad, but it’s a whole lot easier for me to choose good than it may be for them to.

    If we ever want opportunistic crime to end, we should look at ourselves first. Simply amplifying police presence will not solve the issue. Police protect us by keeping those “bad people” out of our neighborhood, and I’m grateful for it. And yet, I realize it’s self-serving and doesn’t actually fix anything.

    When we play along with a system that fuels this kind of desperation, we can’t be surprised when we’re touched by it. Maybe these two kids are caught, and this recent crime wave dies down, but it will return because the demand is still there, and the supply is still here. We have a lot, and plenty of opportunities to make even more. They have very little, and few opportunities to make ends meet.

    The millennial generation is taking over the reins of the world, and thus we are presented with a wonderful opportunity to right some of the wrongs of the past. As young people, we need to devote real energy to solving what are collective challenges. Until we do so, we should get comfortable with sporadic muggings and break-ins. I can hardly blame them. The cards are all in our hands, and we’re not playing them.

    Oliver Friedfeld is a senior in the School of Foreign Service.
    http://www.thehoya.com/i-was-mugged-...nderstand-why/

    Guys, I present you todays progressive. pajama boy leftist who will be on some politicians staff someday advising him/her on what's wrong with our country...

    On a side note, is it a crime to rob someone at gunpoint if they don't mind it?? I don't live that far from Georgetown...

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    Give me his address. I need some of his stuff...

    Idiot.
    Now go home and get your shine box!

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    • #3
      Oh look, another one of PhilipCal's mommy's-basement dwellers who gets a trophy just for showing up.
      It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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      • #4
        THAT will be one of the Richard Heads getting elected to some state legislature -------------MAKING laws that we have to enforce. Enforce without hurting anyone.


        What's worse it that will be a jury member when one of us gets sued for using force to effect an arrest.
        Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

        My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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        • #5
          And there is your future grand jury/petit jury member who just won't understand why the police needed to use force.

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          • #6
            The article was good for a laugh. Robbed at gunpoint and he don't mind.

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            • #7
              while walking home from Dupont Circle... as I was forced to the floor,
              They have floors all the way from your home to where you were walking from?
              Just a bit of information for our mugged chap:

              The floor is that horizontal thing inside your house, usually made of wood, often covered with carpet.
              The ground is that horizontal surface outside your home, the one that trees and grass grow in, and upon which cars drive.

              Got that? floor= inside with carpet, ground = outside with trees.

              While I don’t know what exactly they needed the money for,
              Drugs, you can bet it wasn't to give to the March of Dimes or help pay their neighbor's bills while they were laid up in the hospital.

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              • #8
                It's hard to find words for this ...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
                  THAT will be one of the Richard Heads getting elected to some state legislature -------------MAKING laws that we have to enforce. Enforce without hurting anyone.


                  What's worse it that will be a jury member when one of us gets sued for using force to effect an arrest.
                  I'm surprised Obama didn't invite him to speak at the Ferguson summit.


                  "Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it". George Constanza.

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                  • #10
                    And this is what happens when holdovers from the 60s become college professors.

                    Little Johnny may not be able to read, but he sure can feel sympathy for his muggers.
                    It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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                    • #11
                      This doesn't surprise me. I have seen this trend for awhile now. I reserve my official opinion until he gets the call that someone broke into his house and pit his infant child and Nanny at gunpoint.

                      Here is the Story of Sasha:
                      http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local...279468642.html

                      This "kid" doused Sasha with lighter fluid and lit him on fire! While Sasha was sleeping on the bus! Despite their pleas, kid got 7 years in State Prison.
                      Last edited by RGDS; 12-01-2014, 09:08 PM. Reason: Sasha is "agender" even though Sasha was born male
                      semper destravit

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                      • #12
                        I wonder what Oliver's stance on guns and the second amendment ? He see's nothing wrong with using one to rob people.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RSGSRT View Post
                          http://www.thehoya.com/i-was-mugged-...nderstand-why/

                          Guys, I present you todays progressive. pajama boy leftist who will be on some politicians staff someday advising him/her on what's wrong with our country...

                          On a side note, is it a crime to rob someone at gunpoint if they don't mind it?? I don't live that far from Georgetown...
                          Wow and the worst part is I'm not surprised. He'll probably write another article in a couple of weeks when the guys come back.

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                          • #14
                            Two words: Natural Selection

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                            • #15
                              I bet the pan handlers around here would like him, I can see the line forming now..

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