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Subj: Re: Captain America - Sam Wilson #19: Cover tells the story...
Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 at 10:11:38 am EST (Viewed 414 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Captain America - Sam Wilson #19: Cover tells the story...
Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 at 04:49:54 pm EST (Viewed 8 times)

    I work in a district attorney's office and I see that. BUT white or black when you commit a violent crime on an innocent I find it hard to feel sympathy for the suspect. Although one thing I notice is a lot of times our victims aren't any better than our suspects...we'll have suspects that we went after that pop back up as victims further down the road or vice versa. It's a vicious cycle I guess.

I agree entirely.

I spent five years studying criminology prior to starting my career in law and order, and whilst there are dozens of theories and studies about why people break the law that cover everything to bad parenting, peer pressure, the media, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, and even diet - there isnt a single accepted study that suggests people make a choice.

In two decades of working with criminals I have yet to meet one who didnt have significant mental health issues who didnt know the difference between right and wrong, and whilst I accept the truth of the impact of all of these other factors, when it comes to whether to commit a crime or not I also see people primarily who are choosing to do something they could have simply chose not to.

From investigating crimes I also agree that many time the victims of crimes are little better than the criminals themselves, although I would say that is a large visible minority rather than the majority - what we in the industry dispassionately refer to as a 'shit on shit' crime.

Ultimately though, whilst I am hardly overflowing with sympathy with criminals - having met literally thousands at this point in my life - the contributing factors that perhaps make their life choices harder than my own and so help push them towards criminality are almost entirely institutional rather than as the result of direct racism, say from a cop.

Thats the problem with Spencer time and again. He has neither studied, worked, been an offender, or been a victim of the law, yet he speaks as if he has absolute certainty about how it works and seems to have no interest in considering whether what he believes is in fact true or supported by evidence.

He talks in absolutes about issues that are a great deal more complicated than that, and far from turning Captain America into a book that is welcoming and inclusive of all, he has turned it into something that is aggressively hostile and makes it clear that certain groups arent welcome, and thats very sad.

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