Posted by: Chris | February 6, 2012

Prejudice and the Pre-Judged

The New Yorker has a fantastic article up on the details of the Tyler Clementi suicide case, which significantly complicate the originally clear-cut narrative presented in November.  I am probably too biased, in both directions, to assess the case completely objectively, but I am inclined to concur with Rod Dreher that Dharun Ravi, the defendant, does come off as exceptionally unsympathetic though perhaps not exceptionally criminal.

However, his big picture takeaway, on the weakness of moral judgments and personal projections, receives a hearty endorsement:

It is human nature to want to impose logic and moral clarity onto situations like this, especially when someone has been gravely injured, or is dead, by their own hand or someone else’s. Life is often not like that, as we — as I — must constantly be reminded. Nothing gets my moralistic back up like a bullying case. It is when that reflex motion kicks in that I ought to be most skeptical.

Sometimes tragedies are just tragic.

(H/T Andrew)


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