Allow me to introduce you to one of the lowest pieces of shit in America.
Take a good look at inhumanity incarnate. This is Melissa Arrington, an exotic dancer from Tuscon, who killed a cyclist in a drunk driving accident.
Most people would feel bad about cutting another human's life short. There would be some guilt and some remorse and, at the least, a heartfelt apology to the family. If nothing else, it tends to go over better at sentencing. Melissa, however, was given 10 1/2 years in jail, one year less than the maximum sentence for negligent homicide. Why?
At the time she hit the cyclist, Arrington was driving on a suspended license for a previous DUI conviction. Arrington could have received as little as four years behind bars for the conviction, if not for a recorded conversation Superior Court Judge Michael Cruikshank called "breathtaking in its inhumanity."
The telephone conversation, recorded between Arrington and a male friend a week after L'Ecuyer's death, featured her talking and laughing about the crash. The man in the recording said Arrington should get a "medal and a f**king parade" for taking out a "tree hugger, a bicyclist, a Frenchman and a gay guy all in one shot." He then said he knew it was "a terrible thing to say" but Arrington laughed and responded, "No, It's not."
What in the hell is wrong with people? Why do we have such an innate need to despise and vilify other groups of humans as opposites? Whether we're as overt as Melissa or inadvertently relying on our stereotypes to continue the subtle bias society programs inside us all, we're all guilty.
Will we ever overcome the brute need to boil everything down to a dichotomy that doesn't set the stage for a winner and a loser? I'd give the folks that come up with that solution a medal. Parade too.