When someone we culturally identify with commits a reprehensible act we fish for extenuating circumstances to separate their cultural identity from the act, but when someone we do not culturally identify with commits a reprehensible act we say it speaks to the inherent nature of their cultural identity. You don’t have to be a knife-wielding neurosurgeon to figure out why we do this. It’s just good-ol’-fashioned narcissism. It’s not about protecting our cultural peers, it’s all about protecting our fragile egos. We’re trying to create a distance between ourselves and negative associations via eye-for-an-eye attacks on the cultural character of those doing the negative associating. We seem to be ma—
You know what? I really gotta give this shit a rest. I’ve made this point eighty-seven chronothillion times already. I’ve even bitched about how I’ve made this point eighty-seven-chronothillion times eighty-seven-chronothillion times already. Let’s go ahead and hang this one up. Time to move on.