Monday, December 10, 2012

Blaming the Victim

It is a terrible thing that Dallas Cowboy Jerry Brown died as the result of his friend Josh Brent's drunken crash, but it is very wrong to pretend that blame only attaches to Brent.  True, Brent was foolish, irresponsible, and dangerous in getting behind the wheel while drunk, but Brown was equally foolish and irresponsible in letting his drunken friend drive.  Brown was not an innocent bystander; he was a participant in this very stupid crime.  We can only be grateful that an innocent bystander was not killed, as is so often the case.

It's time that we face the reality that "victim" status does not automatically make one blameless.  Often there is more than enough blame to go around.

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