Slate Writer Equates Eagles Fans to Violent Political Protesters

Yes, let's mention drunk football fans in the same breath as those who plot to violently end the lives of others.  Clearly, that's the proper analogy to make in wake of Saturday's shooting in Arizona.

If you haven't been following closely, many opine that the rage expressed by Saturday's shooter was fueled by an image on Sarah Palin's website, which displayed a crosshairs over Gabrielle Giffords' congressional district.

We get what Jack Shafer was trying to do in his defense of inflamed politcal rhetoric, agree with some of it, in fact.  But his attempt to equate dozens of fights with even one horrific, politically charged murder is misguided, insensitive, and, once again, unfairly characterizes our city.  []

The great miracle of American politics is that although it can tend toward the cutthroat and thuggish, it is almost devoid of genuine violence outside of a few scuffles and busted lips now and again. With the exception of Saturday's slaughter, I'd wager that in the last 30 years there have been more acts of physical violence in the stands at Philadelphia Eagles home games than in American politics.


We'll avoid the political discussion for now, but this is like saying there are more fender benders in icy parking lots than there are DUI deaths.  Not relatable.  Not even close.

H/T to Scott

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11 Responses

  1. It’s apples an oranges, and he knows that, and he wrote that anyway. That’s what pisses me off.
    And as far as Arizona goes, it’s not politics. It’s really not. You don’t have to be left or right to be insane, just like you don’t have to be left or right to spew all the violent rhetoric that gets insane people going. It’s a product of free speech I guess – people can say what they want. I just wish people would show personal restraint sometimes so things like this would be less likely to happen.

  2. I would hope there would be more acts of violence at sporting events where a good percentage of people are drunk.
    …And yeah it only happens here in Philadelphia. There aren’t unruly fans anywhere else.
    Yawn, I’ve stopped caring about this shit. I’ve decided to start perpetuating the stereotype. You want us to be violent, unruly, crazy people? Fine. I’ve got my laser pointer, a pocket full of D-Cells, a wheel barrow full of snow balls, my lungs are ready to Boo the shit out of whoever is in an apposing jersey, and I will fuck you up if you cheer for your team in my house.

  3. ok tom. posting this link either means you’re going on the defensive (which means you have something to be defensive about) or you’re going on the offensive. i’m looking at the comments here and seeing no reason for you to be feeling defensive since nothing political was stated, so i’m gonna have to assume you’re going on the offensive. logically, that means that by posting that, you’re equating what happened in arizona to obama’s statement, meaning obama incited the shootings with his words, causing the shooter to kill 6 people and wound 14 others. which means the “congress on your corner” event was actually a fight involving knives. right?
    i can see no other possible reason you’d post that.

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