Don’t get me wrong, I love Berkeley’s easy-going attitude and small business focus. There’s lots of great bars, restaurants and generally it’s a nice place–assuming you don’t mind the smell of dirty white people that refuse to shower*.
*They aren’t homeless. A lot of people in Berkeley just don’t shower, it’s like a hippy thing where they say showering is bad for you or something. You can smell the dirty white people baking in the sun on hot days.
One of my literature professors a long time ago told me that he does not subscribe to racism because it follows the logical fallacy of assuming that one person represents the actions of everyone. This can be applied to many things, and most people would agree that racism is bad. However, that doesn’t stop people from looking at the actions of a few instances of Marines behaving badly and applying it to the entire United States military. Yes, mistakes have been made, but more amazing things are accomplished on the battlefield every day than wrongdoings. As well, just because one Marine throws a puppy off a cliff doesn’t mean that we all will.
As with any instance of condemning an entire group for the actions of a few, saying the entire US Military is evil because of some bad news is equally as wrong as racism or anything else.
In other news, I’d like to mention that we lost a Marine from 3/3 this week in a motorcycle accident. He was a Marine that I served with. He was obnoxious, arrogant, a smart ass, witty and loud… and he’ll be missed by all of us. Rest in Peace, Daniel Cameron.