A letter in today’s SPPP posed an interesting question in reference to the baseball bat beating of the St. Paul teen who was wearing the wrong color at the wrong time. You’ll find the letter, in its entirety, below:
Labels are dehumanizing
Who has the right to be so devoted to their own self-interest that they can question my position, or the position of any other person, as a human? A classic example is the youngster who was recently beaten with a baseball bat on Payne Avenue because he was mistaken for someone other than who he is.
Does this mean that it would have been OK to beat him if he really was a member of that mistaken group?
Bob poses a complex question, the answer to which, I believe, can be summed up in one word:
I would lose no sleep if one slime ball, dirt bag, gang banger beat another over the head with a baseball bat or any other object.
In fact, I suggest we get put as many of these sociopaths as can be rounded up into an arena and let them fight to the death. Think of the immediate reduction in crime that would sweep the Twin Cities.
Too harsh? Too bad.
The punks who join these gangs know what they’re getting into and deserve what they get.
Let ‘em kill each other so they leave the rest of us alone.
As for the punks who beat the kid in St. Paul: I hope they go to prison for a long, long time and are given cellmates who prefer playing the husband.
If you know what I mean.