AnonymousLawStudent

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Monday 03/28/05

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

A fun thing happened today. I am walking home from the gym and it's a little dark and out of nowhere an [let's just say "urban"] youth of 16 or so jumps out at me. Just lands in front of me and leans forward at me, like he is about to give me a chest-bump. Only he is not, he is there for his own fucking entertainment and that of his fat-looking friends who are not far behind. The whole purpose of the excercise, you see, is to startle someone by your presense. You jump in front of someone as close as you can and they usually react. Then you tell them off and move on, hopping along in your 4X size Ecko t-shirt and Yankees hat with a perfectly unbent front. Apparently if you are dirt poor this is how you amuse yourself in a city. Of course out of sheer reflex I react and instantly pull up in surprise. The young man in question gives me a crooked smile and mumbles out something along the lines of "You better axe somebody." Meanwhile three of his friends are making excited noises, akin to the ones in the latest basketball-themed Coke commercial. I stare at them in digsuist as they run on and do the same thing to a cute undergrad girl.

This whole thing leaves me a bit introspective. Now, this is not to say that I didn't do my share of anti-social activities at his age, but they usually revolved around some kind of benefit to myself beyond confrontation of stangers. I have heard enough critical theory bullshit to be able to explain this kind of behavior along any number of lines [acting out on feeling on powerlessness, class dichotomies, blah fucking blah]. If you follow that strand long enough though it is completely my fault and I should go find this young man and apologize to him and perhaps give him some money for a new do-rag and zirconia studs. But I don't think that is right. What about the whole underlying shitty culture of violence and confrontation and humiliation that this kid is obviously growing comfortable with? Should we all just nod and smile at that? Is it no longer acceptable to say: "this is moronic and wrong"? Probably not; then I am opening myself up at being culturally/racially/socioeconomically intolerant. Reams of critical legal scholarship have told me that. Which brings me to the conclusion that critical scholarship is an even bunch of shit than I had thought. And if you don't believe that, well then, you better axe somebody.

8 Comments:

At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep 'em coming --- you have a (or another) jaded attorney as part of your audience ...

Have you checked out http://www.philalawyer.blogspot.com/ ?, he's doing good stuff as well.

 
At 11:23 PM, Blogger ALS said...

"Keep 'em coming --- you have a (or another) jaded attorney as part of your audience ...

Have you checked out http://www.philalawyer.blogspot.com/ ?, he's doing good stuff as well."

Thank you, kindly.

I am a fan of the PhilaLawyah as well but he tends to be a bit too wordy. Not that there is anything wrong with that...

 
At 1:32 AM, Blogger Finishing Law School said...

You should have shot him with your gat (I think that's how they spell it). Mace would have been fun to have then as well...

 
At 6:51 PM, Blogger Knemon said...

"I have heard enough critical theory bullshit ..."

And here I was hoping to go to law school to get away from that stuff! You mean to tell me there's no way to escape from it?

... whimper ...

 
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