Monday, November 9, 2009

Oh And This Too

Amanda Hess at Washington City Paper has an article today about rape. She makes a (rather weak) comparison to her boyfriend, who was recently struck by a car last month. He was in the crosswalk, in D.C. (Hess also says that he's OK!) She writes:
Now, the driver who hit him did not set out with the intention of running into a human with her car. She didn’t mean to hurt anybody. But she also knew full well that cars are required to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. She was simply so accustomed to her driving privilege that she never dreamed that this could actually happen—and that she would ever be held responsible for her habitual disregard for the law. After all, a lot of motorists act this way, and most pedestrians just stay out of their way. When a pedestrian is hit in a crosswalk, it’s not an accident. It’s the result of the motorist who has normalized her dangerous actions.

Emphasis mine. Clearly.

Just saying.

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