Thursday, September 03, 2009

Psycholist's Death Mourned by 1,000 Fools

Someone has to say this.

Yesterday, approximately 1,000 cyclists disrupted Toronto city streets, ostensibly to mourn the death of a guy killed while attacking the car of Ontario's former Attorney General after a minor fender-bender.

But what was their message? What were these fools really doing? While a handful may have been truly mourning, the rest were displaying a mixture of dysfunction: blind allegiance to a nutty, geeky cyclist sub-culture that thinks cyclists are never guilty of infractions and that some evil car culture persecutes them; thumbing of the noses of the mundane and mediocre at the fallen mighty because all public figures deserve ridicule when their humanity is exposed; or, at its worst, this was a display of lawless, ignorant rage similar to the same rage that ultimately became that man's undoing.

The fools demonstrated publicly, crying "murder" despite published eyewitness accounts that clearly indicate this was no ordinary case of evil car dragging innocent cyclist. They rode in support of a fucked-up criminal, wanted on 64 outstanding charges in Alberta, who was drunk and removed by police from a property less than an hour earlier, with his own friends saying he was too drunk to drive. If he had gotten in a car at that point and killed a child, we would be publicly vilifying him. But because he rode a bicycle (which he reportedly threw at the car he attacked) he is a victim? That is indescribably fucked up.

I have true sympathy for the life of the man killed. According to media reports, he had to deal with a lot of unfortunate shit while he was alive. So have I. So have a lot of people I know. What drove him to to pay the ultimate price we can't change and the question of placing blame on others is for the courts to decide. We can only soberly think about that tragic example next time we want to punch someone in their car, on their bike, on the TTC or....anywhere.

But one thing is clear: This protest wasn't about cars versus bikes or the rich versus the downtrodden. This is about the glorification of crime, akin to gangbangers becoming legends in their hood once they are gunned down.

And even when the courts decide who
really is at fault, and Bryant is exonerated to the sour milk cries of preferential treatment for the rich and powerful, the fools will learn nothing. Because they are fools.

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Blogger Andrew W. said...

It's funny, but I was trying to get home when the protest stopped traffic and wound its way up University Ave.

Part of what I saw was a tight-knit community of couriers mourning one of their own, in much the same way cops or firefighters do.

Then there were the people photographing themselves on their bikes, photographing people watching, liveblogging the "protest", being in the experience without actually participating. I actually think these people were the most contemptable there.

And then there were people who thought this would be a really awesome way to out of the downtown core with a police escort.

However, what I didn't really see, at least from my vantage, was any rage. That being said, from what the media has reported on all this, that he was a cyclist had virtually nothing to do with what happened, and if it did, if his being a cyclist fuelled his behaviour, then this doesn't really say much about cyclists, does it?

11:54 AM, September 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all animals!!!

12:48 PM, September 03, 2009  
Blogger K-Dough said...

"we all animals" indeed. a profound insight from a bi=pedal organism- I'm assuming.

2:22 PM, September 03, 2009  
Blogger K-Dough said...

Andrew- your point is well taken and agreed upon. The cyclist issue is an issue that is relative here. The human issue is the one that should be at the forefront. Not sure it is.

2:24 PM, September 03, 2009  
Blogger Leatherhands said...

If they were protesting their right to put a driver in a head-lock without any physical consequences, well then, they don't have my support.
They picked a fine poster boy for their collective cause.

9:24 PM, September 03, 2009  

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