Mistaken Identity




 Love your program. This is one of the few stories in my uneventful life maybe worth retelling; it's all true...

0
0
0

       This is a story about how mistaken identity and prejudice can lead to bad decisions and unfortunate consequences.

 

       In the fall of 1968 I was a sophomore at a small, Christian college in the Midwest. Three semesters, in those days, had transformed me from a nattily dressed, stuck up high school student into a New Left searcher, civil rights advocate, SDS member and wannabe hippie. I didn’t realize that all those aspirations didn’t really add up, or that attaining some sort of negated some of the others. But I was younger then…

 

My conservative, middle class college didn’t offer many role models for a white boy aspiring to social justice and hippiedom, and few minorities of any kind to support. But there was one guy who was both. Clarence Triplett, a year ahead of me, was one of maybe a dozen African-Americans in a student body of about 900. He went around, always quietly, sporting a beard and an early moderate Afro, wearing a poncho and a bell on a lanyard around his neck. I didn’t talk much with Clarence, but I admired his stance. So I grew a beard, made a poncho from a blanket, and procured a bronze bell from a head shop in Chicago’s Old Town. Clarence was the real deal, and I wanted to be a reasonable facsimile. If imitation is the sincerest from of flattery, I was kneeling at Clarence’s feet.

 

One autumn day me and my room mate, Mike, were walking down the tranquil main street of our college’s suburban home town. Mike was short-haired and conventionally dressed, but I was by then long haired, well-bearded, cloaked in my poncho, and wearing the bell, tinkling with every step. From across the street, on the steps of the library, two fellows, whom I quickly stereotyped as “townies,” shouted cat calls: “Nice bell you got there, asshole;“ or some such.

 

Having yet to reconcile my peaceful hippie with my inner smart ass, I replied that if they liked my bell so much, they could come on over and get it. Mike and I turned and kept walking.

 

Moments later we alerted to foot steps pounding the pavement behind us. Our taunters had taken me up, run across the street and were closing at warp speed. Mike stopped, while I kept walking. But I soon stopped and turned to see that one of the pair had halted near my friend, while the other continued in headlong pursuit of me. I braced to meet the oncoming assault.

 

I was no fighter; maybe it would have gone better for my attacker if I was. I didn’t do fighting but I’d been a state champion high school swimmer and at around 200 pounds, was more an immovable object than my assailant had supposed. He launched himself at me, and probably to his surprise as well as my own, I remained standing, clasping him to my breast. Not knowing how to fight properly, I threw him through the plate glass window of a jewelry store.

 

       My assailant’s shocked friend ran to his aid and me and Mike hightailed it back to our dorm. All was quiet for a few hours until the grapevine brought news that Clarence, the harmless and blameless black hippie, had recently been taken from the dorm in handcuffs by the police, accused of what I had done.

 

       Realizing the mistake and possible consequences for Clarence, I turned myself in to the Resident Advisor, who called the Dean, who soberly pronounced this an incident “with possible racial overtones.” I was taken to the police station whereupon Clarence was released. The college quickly posted bond for me, which was easier, apparently, than posting bond for Clarence, who was probably presumed guilty for being black.

 

       As it turned out, the fellows attacking me believed they were jumping Clarence. Even the cheek to cheek encounter with the guy I heaved through the window did not register with him that I was not the black hippie Clarence, and so it was the easily identified and singular Clarence who got hauled in. After my confession, me and my assailant were charged with “fighting” and given a court date. The cops told me it took 214 stitches to sew the other guy up.

 

       At the trial my hair was cut, the beard was gone and I was wearing a Brooks Brothers’ suit instead of a dirty blanket. The other defendant appeared in jeans and a sweat shirt. Though I felt myself to be the innocent party, my counter-party’s 214 stitches and my own evident sartorial and class advantages inclined me to what I hoped was merciful understatement when queried by the judge: “Okay; tell me what you say happened.”

 

       “Your honor, my room mate and I were walking down one side of the street when we were accosted by the other defendant here and his friend from the opposite side. I said something back and we kept walking. Just after that I realized that the defendant and his friend had crossed the street and were coming for us. I stopped, and when I did, the defendant attacked me. In the struggle, I guess he fell through the window.”

 

       The judge nodded gravely, turned to the other chap and asked “Is that what happened? Did you attack him?”

 

       His reply was more dramatic than my testimony. He said: “Well, sir, it was more like I jumped on him.”

 

Which convicted him and exonerated me. But I could not help but feel that, though obviously not blameless, he was in some sense a victim. Because the prejudice and narrow mindedness that spurred him to attack Clarence also so blinded him that he could not see, even when literally face to face with me, that his actual victim was not his intended victim. Because in court, by my being better dressed, presumptively better educated and more privileged than him, he was more guilty than me, even though it was me who threw him through the window, and he was the guy who got 214 stitches and had to pay for the window plus a $275 fine. Which in 1968 was real money. It seemed kind of like the guy who set out to punish Clarence for being a black hippie was punished by the judge for being a poor white, and I walked.

 

On the other hand, if the guy had actually got a piece of Clarence like he meant to, rather than the multiple lacerations he got from me, he’d probably have thought he’d done himself proud. In which case he got what he deserved.

 

 

 

uggs sale Ash Shoes and boots have continually been identified by the retail shoes industry as the footwear for every season. Being so, Ash shoes and boots currently have one of the most extensive collections of styles. Catering to males and females for whatever needs they have.
Within each of these shoe categories, there are a number of price points available from $20 to $350 per pair of soccer shoes. A higher price shoe will integrate better quality materials, workmanship and technology. Knowing the playing surface and field conditions and blending that with your budget will prepare you to tackle the field with the best opportunity to perform..
"The sense of satisfaction and empowerment goes both ways," Lois Eliason of Post said. "The collaborators keep building our community and identity within the local fashion scene, and the consumer walks away with fantastic deals, as well as a sense of supporting locally owned businesses."Houndstooth's spring fever fashion event: A trend specialist will be on hand for a fall preview from Clover Canyon, Aaron Ashe, AG Jeans, Sundry and Continental Diamonds. There will be a 20 percent off discount, appetizers and giveaways..

ugg black friday specials The show was just super! The tone was lady but the atmosphere was fierce. Animal prints Lisa cannot ever go wrong at her approach to the print. And leopard shorts no not hot pants! Awesome.
When you do meet with your potential referral partners, be careful how you come across. Be sure to present a selfassured image of yourself and your new business. Don't sound whiny about not being able to find new customers.
There shoes are available in a variety of colors directly from the manufacturer, Athletic Propulsion Labs Inc. This platform keeps your weight on your toes and therefore places a greater load on your calf muscles than normal. This increased workload is designed to develop your calf muscle strength, resulting in a better vertical jump.

black friday sale uggs While Holmes will not be receiving much in terms of straight cash from her divorce, she will be keeping all of the lavish gifts that Tom showered on her throughout their courtship and marriage. Yeah, that doesn't sound like much. Until you factor in that Tom Cruise is one of the wealthiest actors in Hollywood.
Despite claiming to know this man was going to die, Ms. Hawking claimed that trying to save the man's life would have been futile, since he would have died by other means anyway. She used this incident to reemphasize to Desmond that his path was to go to the Island..
Foot odor, known in the medical profession as bromhidrosis, can be traced to bacteria that find your moist and warm feet, socks, and shoes the perfect place to breed and multiply. Thousands of sweat glands on the soles of the feet produce perspiration composed of water, sodium chloride, fat, minerals, and various acids that are the end products of your body's metabolism. In the presence of certain bacteria (namely those found in dark, damp shoes), these sweaty secretions break down, generating the stench that turns people green..

black friday outlet Your personal style is expressed in everything you do. When it comes to fashion your style is evident in the patterns and texture of fabrics you like to wear as well as your accent pieces such as jewelry, handbags and shoes. When you are aware of your style and feel comfortable with it then you can express yourself with confidence..
If you are going to use it for casual parties too, then there is a specific design or style that is perfect for that. Consequently, there are also those that are more appropriate to wear in offices for more formal look. It should also complement and match your dress..
For instance, a keyphrase such as "Liz Claiborne pastel plaid Bermuda shorts" would be perfect for a product description because it is, well, descriptive. Long? Yes, it is a long phrase. Most longtail keywords will be.

black friday ugg on sale Arnotts is perhaps one of the best stores for women size 1418 and up. It is also passionate about looking after its older customers. Persona, part of the Max Mara group, is great quality, smart and goes up to size 22.
I hope so, what someone said ,,Life is either a daring adventure or nothing''. I rather like to explore new places, still, Charlotte Amalie is unique and worth to visit again. And Tortola and Virgin Gorda Baths are among my most impressive tours I've ever been.
In celebration, she executes one of the stepdancing routines she's incorporated into her concerts since she was 16, but being pregnant, she takes some of the hop out. The Cape Breton native made her professional fiddling debut at age 9. At 16, she made her first studio recording and has gone on to tour the world, record 11 CDs and amass countless awards, including Junos, East Coast Music Awards and the Order of Canada..

black friday gamestop So, make your walk perfect with stilettos and feel the change in your position wherever you go. You can easily make an impression on everybody by getting one of the beautiful pairs from Christian Louboutin. However , these branded heels come at a high cost.
After they make it back, Timmy quickly puts on Santa's suit, bringing the workshop back to full power. However, the elves explain that Timmy has a very small chance of saving Christmas now that gloom is starting to block the path out of the North Pole. Since they only have an hour left to get things ready, Timmy tells everyone that they need to work together, and even Jorgen, having had to deal with the amnesiac Santa while they were gone, is more than willing to help them.
John Byrne changed it from blue and yellow (he invokes the Wolverines from the University of Michigan too much) to brown. This was his most significant costume change out of all his costumes. These days, he usually in his blue and yellow outfit.

black friday shopping The boot was inspired by the boots worn by soldiers during WWII. The boot's durability, style and utility make them great as a casual or dress shoe. In addition to Clarks line of boots, they also have a great selection of men's oxfords and loafers..
You will develop good blood circulation and will get free of several types of diseases. All you need to do is that you will have to get the different types of things through the different sites by placing the order for them. Vogue could be trying on your endurance factor as well as your ft, but is not your budget in D.
Inception includes the original concept for the garment including: color, fabric and style details that are usually represented in sketch form. Completion includes the delivery date that these garments are actually shipped the vendor or store supplier for retail. At this time, the consumer can actually buy and wear the garment..