14 September 2002

The Brown People Are Wrong And Must Pay

By now, all have no doubt heard the news about the three men on their way to a South Miami hospital who stopped for a bite to eat in a Georgia diner. That little meal precipitated a massive manhunt and shut down a major Florida interstate for most of the day. The three men were stopped late Thursday night For 18 hours the three men were interogatted while automated robots and demolition experts scoured their vehicles looking for munitions. But it turns out it was just a false alarm, and the law enforcement response was triggered by the words of a Shoney's restaurant patron who says she overheard these young men saying that "Americans mourned on 9/11 and they are going to mourn again on 9/13". Authorities "suggest" that the three men may have been playing a prank on the woman who was staring at them.

Oh, I forgot to mention they were brown people, of Middle Eastern descent. So they must be terrorists, right? Well, according to a large number of folks, that's the way it works. I was listening to the one of the local right wing talk radio shows Friday afternoon, and the host and caller after caller banged away on the brown people. One caller expressed his outrage and argued vehemently that these individuals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and made to pay restitution for all the police activity that was necessitated by their hoax. One caller said that they should be dropped into the middle of a rural Georgia tractor and truck pull event and have the alleged derogatory comments they made be rebroadcast over the public intercom. Another veteran stated that the three men should have to pay because of potential military status changes. Yet another joked that they be turned over to Sheriff Joe Arpaio to deposit into a tent city jail. The host himself expressed outrage at the "perpetrators", agreeing with the callers that these individuals should be "de-exported" out of the country and made to pay restitution and weighty fines. On, I read the outpouring of support for Ms. Eunice Stone, the eavesdropper who alerted the authorites. She should be given a medal, the consensus there echoed. The South Miami hospital chief executive told the students to discontinue their journey, that their safety could not be guaranteed, as the hospital had been receiving threatening phone calls and E-mails all day.

Wait a second, I'm really confused here, let me try to sort this all out.
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