Repeat after me (I am not kidding): “I am tired of stupid crap and I am no longer staying quiet about it”. Good, now keep saying it throughout the day, especially try to blurt it out while waiting in line someplace — this should generate some great responses, just wait.
But let’s get to the real nitty gritty, shall we? You know that warm fuzzy feeling when you see someone (a man or a woman — no judging here) who is so amazingly beautiful and you have all these great expectations of them without knowing them at all? And then they open their mouth and the most terrible voice is projected, maybe childish or annoyingly squeaky and the beautiful moment is gone? Well, that my friends, is how I am feeling every time I witness our criminal justice system at work.
In college my major was criminal justice. I was going to be a lawyer and represent the little innocent guy against the giants of injustice. I was full of hope and even got scholarships from women’s groups who told me they saw me doing great things and wished me the best. Unfortunately, the more classes I took and the more I witnessed the truth, the less excited I became. I would sit in court rooms and watch people lie and listen to fancy attorneys spew crap so thick that they should have gone into acting instead of law. But because their suit was better than the other guy, they won their cases and their guilty clients went free, certain to venture back to court again one day. Where was the justice? Was she really blind or had someone removed her blindfold in exchange for greed? This made me sick then and I feel worse today.
Last week while I watched the news I saw two homeless men attempt to steal a 4-year-old girl in broad day light in front of a small store in Wilmingtonwhere her grandmother was shopping. Thank God for a bystander who was “tired of crap and no longer staying quiet about it” — the men were taken into custody and should be standing before a judge this week. Let’s hope they don’t give them a hot shower, a cold meal and set them free. How about a public flogging? Maybe they should have giant wooden signs attached to them that say, “We are a disgusting disgrace and deserve no breaks. We are responsible for our actions.” Wouldn’t that be refreshing! And what about the man who beats and chokes his girlfriend into a coma and tells paramedics that she overdosed on drugs. Well, moron, they test for drugs and guess what? She wasn’t full of them. Maybe he needs the same sign! And let’s not forget the nice man in Wrightsville beach who raped a woman on the beach and was caught when her girlfriend went looking for her; the friend is another clear example of someone “tired of stupid crap and not staying quiet about it.”
While we are sitting around surfing the web and chit chatting on Facebook, maybe we should take a little time to write (email is fine) to the cops who catch the bad guys and thank them even though a visiting judge may set them free (true story last week), and maybe we should write to the DAs and tell them “we are watching” and want to make sure they know that their actions affect all of us. Regardless of all the technology, we seem to be more and more disconnected from our own society. Time to make a change. Now repeat after me, “I am tired of stupid crap and am no longer staying quiet about it.” Now go put your knowledge to work!
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.
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