Can someone tell me what the hell Eugene Kane is trying to say…

March 27th, 2008

…in this column comparing the recent armed robberies of UWM and Marquette students with “the perennial battle between the townies and the college kids”?

I’ve got to say, buy viagra there I went to a school that had one of those “town and gown” divides and no one ever tried to kidnap me or rob me at gunpoint. The worst the townies ever managed to do was glare at me while they drove around in their pickup trucks listening to country music and spitting Skoal.

Parts of Mr. Kane’s column sounds like he’s blaming the students for being overprivileged and/or not cautious enough. He writes, case “Drive through any of our various metropolitan campuses and you’ll see most students seem oblivious to their appearance as easy marks. Whether it’s the carefree gait or the book bags slung over their backs, there some students must seem as enticing to would-be robbers as a baby seal to a shark.”

I’m not sure what students are supposed to do since we don’t allow them to arm themselves.

(Every time I write a sentence like that I actually go blind with rage at the stupidity of a society that ensures its citizens are disarmed in the face of crime.)

Maybe they’re just not supposed to walk on public streets?

Or maybe they should travel in packs of 15 or more?

Maybe hire guards to escort them back and forth to class?

Or maybe they won’t be safe until every nickel of their “rich” parents’ incomes is stolen through taxes and transferred to the poor uneducated black kids who are currently forced by their circumstances to rob those snotty, over-privileged college students?

Maybe that was Mr. Kane’s point.

I wouldn’t know, since I still don’t understand what the hell he was trying to say.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Owen  |  March 27th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    To answer your original question… no

  • 2. Aaron  |  March 27th, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Cue the chickens.

  • 3. Mary  |  March 27th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    I had the same reaction to Kane’s column.

    He’s blaming the robbery victims for being “easy marks.”

    I don’t think the criminals should be described as “townies.” What does that say about Milwaukee residents?

    Note to Kane: Most of the “townies” don’t commit ARMED ROBBERY.

    Class divide, shmass divide.

  • 4. Phil Border  |  March 27th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Well, what do you expect from those townies? They’re ‘knuckleheads’

  • 5. David Casper  |  March 27th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    The funny thing is that while I was reading the article I kept thinking “what’s Eliot going to say when he reads this?”

  • 6. Aaron  |  March 28th, 2008 at 10:52 am

    The funny thing is that while I was reading the article I kept thinking “what’s Eliot going to say when he reads this?”

    I ask myself that every day.

  • 7. Dean  |  March 29th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I think you have to be African-American to understand.

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