Famous atheist blogger PZ Myers has a piece up about a writer who apparently had an “enhanced” experience courtesy of US border guards. I am completely unsurprised that border guards would rough someone up and treat them disrespectfully. I am also unsurprised that another arrogant white dude seems shocked that people are mistreated by law enforcement officials. But seriously, PZ cracks me up—he’s no goatfucker or anything, but the guy’s hilarious:
Watts is a big nerd, not a violent thug, and any provocation he might have offered would have been physically non-threatening, and the border guards should be constrained by the law and by an expectation of civility.
PZ wins funniest blogger of the decade with that one. I’m no border guard, but I am a white dude, so I know I can usually expect courteous treatment at the hands of the police. Not so for my duskier neighbors. I’ve got this buddy Mohammed (yeah, his real name…it’s the most common name in the world) who is regularly pulled over at every border crossing, every TSA checkpoint, every goddamn thing. I also live very near a city full of people with much darker skin than I—they all look like a bunch of “thugs” really—and they report getting disrespected all the time. This disrespect often involves getting your body disrepected with fists, clubs, and pepper spray. But it’s cool because they don’t look like a bunch of nerdy writers—-they look like baggy-pant, gun-carrying, crack-smoking thugs, so they should really expect a police beatdown once in a while.