y'know, the one where i posted about being attacked, and then got painted as a racist because i mentioned that the attackers happened to be black? if it was a group of white guys, i would've said that it was a group of white guys. if it was a group of asians, i would've said that. if it was a group of latinos, i would've said that too.
sure, we all get harassed by people when we ride our bikes, but it's not every day that someone gets punched in the firggen head by some random stranger (it was the first time it happened to me, anyway). that's why i posted the thread. to say, "hey, this happened to me, be careful because it could probably happen to you too." i know there are quite a few folks who read this forum who reside in the bay area, i just wanted to give them a heads up so maybe they could avoid a similar situation.
maybe the folks who think i'm racist missed the posts where i said the actions of the few don't have any bearing on my opinions of the many, or that there aren't any bad neighborhoods, just bad people, individuals, not entire groups or races. it's really unfortunate that it happened to begin with, and it's equally unfortunate that just because i happened to mention the race of the individual, people get offended. i never said anything hostile about black people in specific, and i never would...about any race for that matter. i said "i hope the ****er broke his hand." and i meant it. i'd say it about anyone who attacked me, regardless of race.
i STILL have a headache after two nights, and i can't get to sleep at night because i keep thinking about it. last night when i had to ride home alone after dark, i was so paranoid the whole time that someone, was gonna run out in front of me and do it again. it's ridiculous that we live in a society where that kind of behavior becomes acceptable.
i was angry and i was scared when i made the post, but i didn't say anything intended to incite racist comments. i have no control over what other people say. maybe we should start nerfing "black" and "white" and any other race classifications to asterices as well, to prevent people from being offended.
a word about the vulgarity policy on this board. i understand why it exists, but, i don't see why moderators have to edit posts and constantly bring it up when the "bad words" are already nerfed to come out as asterices. how is "****" more offensive than "<snip>." people still know there was something there that was editted out. in my orginal post, there was a section where i said something like "that M-Fer", and the starred-out word was replaced by "<snip>." if the thread actually existed anymore, anyone who read it might think i said the N-word, or some other heinous word in the same vein. something i would never do. with the stars in there, they'd see that, in fact, i had not said the N-word. the fact that it was changed when there was nothing wrong with it is insulting to me.