“We do not speak of that,” she furiously whispers. “Unless it’s about how the majority community was scared of facing violence that one time when they were being an asshole to the minority.”
She did not just say that.
First of all, I’m going to put out a disclaimer because people seem to have made a hobby of being offended before actually reading the whole thing and trying to understand someone’s viewpoint before they’re deciding whether they’re an asshole or not. Considering I’m a certified bitch, you’re gonna find a lot of these disclaimers in my upcoming posts.
Disclaimer: I do not believe that the majority does not face crime from minorities.I do not think that half the population should convert to Islamism (unless they want to) or spray tan themselves extra dark (unless they want to). I’m not supporting any race or caste over another.
But let’s be real here for a second. Majorities do get away with a lot of things minorities don’t and minorities do get blamed sometimes for ridiculous stuff without even being given the benefit of the doubt.
But I’m going off topic. That’s not what this blog post is about.
I’ve been reading this book called ‘The Introduction To Forensic And Criminal Psychology’ by Dennis Howitt and it’s got me thinking about some stuff. It’s something I’d love to have a discussion about and hear other people’s viewpoints on.
I’m not a psychology or criminology student but this really interested me. The first page of the book attempted to define crime. Now that may seem easy but it’s actually quite complicated. What is crime? According to Merriam Webster, it is “an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government”. Basically, anything that the law says is wrong has to be criminal. But how does law decide what should and should not be punishable?
If you kill someone, that has to be a crime, right? But what if the person didn’t mean to kill the person? What if it was an accident or an act of self defense? So crime should be defined by criminal intent or the act of committing, say, murder with the intention of doing so. But what if the murdered is psychotic? Does that make him a criminal or a psychosis patient? Or do the two overlap?
Even the law keeps changing its definition of crime through time. For example, in some countries, like Iran and Qatar, homosexuality is punishable by death. Does that make it a crime? And, as I learnt from the aforementioned book, earlier if men were raped, it wasn’t reported as a crime. So does it make it okay to sexually abuse anyone of the male gender just because there is no law to condemn it?
Confusing. Perplexing. Baffling. Muddling. Confounding. And to a degree, preposterous.
No, really, think about it. It was so damn easy when we were little and the biggest unforgivable crime was, “Mumma, he’s not giving me back my toy!”
In my opinion, which I know doesn’t matter or hold any sort of credibility anyway, crime should be anything that harms another person with the intent to harm. You’re schizophrenic and killed someone in your delusion? You can be both a criminal and disturbed. You’re a gay dude who had consensual sex with another gay dude? No harm, no foul, no punishment.
I realize not everything is that easy but maybe, just maybe, some things could be that easy. I’d love to know what you think of crime and how you would *puts on nerd glasses* go Oxford over it.
That’s all for today. Toodles!