Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Calling Mel Gibson's Defenders

Here's a challenge to the folks who were quick to dismiss the anti-Semitic ravings of Mel Gibson at his DUI arrest. Now Maine has its own alcohol-related racially motivated incident:

Robert Dow, 59, of Franklin, surrendered to authorities at the Hancock County Jail...

Dow is accused of using racial epithets against a black woman, throwing a beer can at her and then opening her car door and kicking her in the stomach, officials said.

The woman, who is seven months pregnant, drove to a hospital where she was kept overnight because she was having contractions. The unborn child was unharmed.

No word yet on whether Dow will claim that he's "not really racist," and "isn't sure where those kicks came from." I guess he should plead guilty for public drinking, go through detox, and then meet with members of the African-American community in Maine to discuss how to go through a healing process.

We have to get away from the idea that alcohol gets people to do something that's out of line with their character. Sure, it's going to remove a lot of inhibitions from doing something, but it doesn't change good people into evil people.



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