• To tell you the truth I would probably step in as well, just because I’d be thinking if they did damage to this person and it went to court they’d be in a much more serious situation, whether they felt justified to put one on them or not. And we don’t need anymore black people in jail.

  • I’d be thinking if they did damage to this person and it went to court they’d be in a much more serious situation

    As someone who’s been the target of racial abuse many a time, I try and remember that people can and do die from a single stupid punch thrown in anger. Even when I lived in places with ‘fighting words’ laws on the books (as a defence against assault charges), the potential hassle that would come of seriously harming some ignorant moron outweighs the potential catharsis of cashing their verbal cheques. The few times it’s gone beyond words have been when I’ve felt under clear and imminent threat, but when someone else retaliates physically to ‘just‘ verbal abuse I tend to feel sad for all involved: for the asskicker because they’ve been pushed to a breaking point, and for the asskicked because their choices and life experience have led them to a pummelling. I don’t feel sorry for the asskicked though.

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