Oliver Friedfeld and his roommate attend Georgetown University, and were recently mugged at gunpoint. Frieldfeld says he deserved it because of his "privilege", but as of yet has not written to his congressman demanding mugging be made legal. I wonder why.
Instead, Friedfeld wrote an op-ed for the GU newspaper, The Hoya, about his experience. He "can hardly blame" the assailants for robbing him, saying that income inequality is what's really to blame for the incident.
"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."
"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. 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."
But what are we getting wrong about fighting violent crime? Who's really to blame here, the victim or the attacker?
"We should look at ourselves first. Simply amplifying police presence will not solve the issue."
Apparently it is up to millenials to "right some of the wrongs of the past" he says. Rather than demand legalized mugging from his state lawmakers, he offers a different approach:
"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."
I, too, have been mugged. And no, I am not comfortable with that ever happening to me again. Fuck that, and fuck this self-hating moron.