Student Needs Therapy: Student mugged, says he deserved it because of his ‘privilege’

Imagine a student that is suicidal. They would believe it is Ok to be beaten up—maybe even killed because “they deserved it”. Why do they deserve it? They got into a great school, have the wrong skin color, can go to a restaurant, own a car. These folks need to be protected. Yet at Georgetown U. a student was mugged and liked it—admits he deserved it—and the administrators did nothing to protect him, from himself. Maybe the next time he will ask to be beaten, robbed and hurt?

“Senior Oliver Friedfeld and his roommate were held at gunpoint and mugged recently. However, the GU student isn’t upset. In fact he says he “can hardly blame [his muggers].”

“Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as ‘thugs?’ It’s precisely this kind of “otherization” that fuels the problem.”

Will someone protect US from him—why are criminals running loose on the streets? Because college educated people think getting a degree is a problem, not gangbangers with guns. The bigger question is why isn’t this a bigger story—the media needs to alert us there are people looking for “suicide by criminal” among us.

Photo courtesy neeravbhatt, flickr

Photo courtesy neeravbhatt, flickr

Student mugged, says he deserved it because of his ‘privilege’

Maggie Lit, Campus Reform, 11/24/14

 Oliver Friedfeld blames his misfortune on his privilege and the inequality gap.

 The student suggests that until we right the wrongs of the past, society should get used to “sporadic muggings and break-ins.”

 

A Georgetown University (GU) student who says he was mugged at gunpoint says he “can hardly blame” his assailants.

Senior Oliver Friedfeld and his roommate were held at gunpoint and mugged recently. However, the GU student isn’t upset. In fact he says he “can hardly blame [his muggers].”

“Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as ‘thugs?’ It’s precisely this kind of “otherization” that fuels the problem.”    Tweet This

“Not once did I consider our attackers to be ‘bad people.’ I trust that they weren’t trying to hurt me. In fact, if they knew me, I bet they’d think I was okay,” wrote Friedfeld in an editorial featured in The Hoya, the university’s newspaper. “The fact that these two kids, who appeared younger than I, have even had to entertain these questions suggests their universes are light years away from mine.”

Friedfeld claims it is the pronounced inequality gap in Washington, D.C. that has fueled these types of crimes. He also says that as a middle-class man, he does not have the right to judge his muggers.

“Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as ‘thugs?’” asks Friedfeld. “It’s precisely this kind of ‘otherization’ that fuels the problem.”

Police also aren’t the solution to the problem, Friedfeld argues.

“If we ever want opportunistic crime to end, we should look at ourselves first. Simply amplifying police presence will not solve the issue. Police protect us by keeping those ‘bad people’ out of our neighborhood, and I’m grateful for it. And yet, I realize it’s self-serving and doesn’t actually fix anything.”

Friedfeld suggests that the “privileged” adapt to normalized crime, until the wrongs of the past are righted.

“The millennial generation is taking over the reins of the world, and thus we are presented with a wonderful opportunity to right some of the wrongs of the past,” writes Friedfeld. “Until we do so, we should get comfortable with sporadic muggings and break-ins. I can hardly blame them. The cards are all in our hands, and we’re not playing them.”

Friedfeld did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment in time for publishing.

 

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