In the wake of firefighter Brian Beckmann’s hateful comments regarding Trayvon Martin, Jake DiMare hopes we can separate out the hero from the heroism.
Take note: Being a firefighter doesn’t necessarily mean you are particularly intelligent or enlightened.
Just when I thought we’d get a few days without the tragic Trayvon Martin story dominating headlines in the national news, Brian Beckmann, an otherwise insignificant firefighter in the Miami-Dade Fire Department, allegedly threw gasoline on the flame war of hateful rhetoric with this ridiculous tirade:
“Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman. The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, shitbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth. They’re just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn’t have anything to do with why people wonder if they’re about to get jacked by a thug.”
Sigh. Mr. Beckmann is clearly not looking to make friends with progressive, deep thinkers. Nevertheless, here are my thoughts on this matter: Frankly, why is news when someone who was probably raised by shit-bag, ignorant, pathetic, bigoted excuses for parents spouts some hateful nonsense on his private Facebook page?
My only conclusion is it must be because Brian Beckmann is a fireman and if there is one thing America loves, it’s firemen. Ask anyone what they think of when they think of a real hero and firemen are at the top of the list. Heroes are not supposed to be hateful or bigoted. They are supposed to be kind, understanding and respectful. They are supposed to walk out of a Norman Rockwell painting and save your kitten from a tree… Not blame the victim’s parents in a murder case.
Well guess what America, next time you dial 911…Superman isn’t going to walk through that door. A human being is. It’s time we reexamine the myths surrounding cops, fireman and paramedics and realize they are just people like you and me. Some of them are good men and women, and some of them are not. Don’t be surprised when they occasionally turn out to be complete assholes…Once in a while.
What do you think? Do we over-emphasize the perfection of our heroes?
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