Brock Turner's Neighbors Are Less Than Thrilled To Have A Rapist In Their Midst

Brock Turner's Neighbors Are Less Than Thrilled To Have A Rapist In Their Midst

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Brock Turner, former Stanford swimmer and current sexual offender convicted of three felonies for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster - or in his father's stunningly tone-deaf words, "20 minutes of action" - was finally released from jail after three months, or less time than some of the food has been in our frig. He was originally sentenced to six months, with half off for "good behavior," aka white privilege, a sentence that stands in stark obscene contrast to, say, the fifteen years a black football player just got for raping an unconscious woman - huh, weird the way they're so much harder on football players than swimmers - or the five years a homeless black woman got for trying to send her kid to a school in a better neighborhood and selling drugs to buy  them food. Having endured the incalculable suffering of being grounded for the summer, Turner then had to register as a sex offender in his home state of Ohio; he will have to re-register every 90 days, and will be on probation for a few years.

The case, the insanely light sentence, Turner's evident obliviousness about just what he did, and his victim's searing impact statement has sparked a move to recall the judge, a new rape law, and national outrage. There have been "Brock Turner Is A Rapist" memes, posters, photo series, t-shirts, graffiti and the inevitable hashtags. Even the county sheriff where he did his time said he should have stayed longer. Finally, newly freed to his parents' Sugarcreek Township home, he was greeted by a vigilante posse of furious protesters. Vowing, "He's not going to live some happy pleasant life," several carried assault weapons and most carried signs along the vengeful lines of "Shoot Your Local Rapist," "Castrate Rapists," "If I rape Brock will I only get 3 months," and Anonymous' "We Will Never Forget. Expect Us" - leading to the Twitter comment, "Brock Turner has the best neighbors." Alas, their rage, especially armed, at the monstrous privilege Turner represents is both understandable and problematic: By threatening the violent with violence, we go low and make it excusable, acceptable, part of the fabric of our broken lives. From the victim's statement: "You knocked down both our towers...Nobody wins."

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