Essay on Types of Crimes

Essay on Types of Crimes
📌Category: Crime
📌Words: 1459
📌Pages: 6
📌Published: 22 March 2021

Everyone has a difference of opinion when it comes to what we view as morally ethical. We may view different crimes, for example, on different levels than the next person. Someone may believe that selling drugs to people should be a bigger, punishable crime than assaulting another person. Although most people would universally agree that assaulting another person would be an immense crime, others would go through the efforts of arguing against that. 

People closest to us may commit crimes objectively harmful acts towards others, but does that mean we must hate them for doing so after being such a positive influence in our lives? When people, not just those close to us, have a positive impact on our lives, we want to refuse the fact that they can do anything harmful to another person. Sometimes we may try to excuse or justify their actions so that we feel less guilty for supporting them. Jayson Greene, the author of an article called How Do We Live With Music Made by Problematic Artists? discusses that listening to music made by these problematic artists can be troublesome, but that at the end of the day we need to accept the music and move on. From a different perspective, Sofia Samatar’s article, Skin Feeling, discusses incidents where a celebrity and a person she knew personally had both committed different crimes that were unjustifiable. A person with any kind of morals would not continue to reconcile the positive impact they’ve had on their lives with the knowledge that they have hurt another person or several people. Continuing to support those who have caused others harm encourages them to continue that kind of toxic behavior and it silences the victims of the abuser, and it doesn’t allow the abuser to be held accountable and change their actions.

By continuously supporting someone who has demonstrated objectively harmful actions towards others, you are giving them the power to continue with their toxic behavior. Not only are you accepting that kind of behavior and normalizing it in our society, but you are also silencing the victims of the abuser. In a sense you are subconsciously siding with the abuser, fading out the victim and all the trauma that they are left with having to deal with alone. Jayson Greene discusses in his article, How Do We Live With Music Made by Problematic Artists? how people may try to find the beauty within the deep ugliness in an artist and his music to try and justify it. However, he then states, “And yet, passively accepting abusers’ songs about themselves when their victims are given no voice at all - and more, when their victims usually disappear into the cracks of society, often hounded by death threats from the artist’s massive fanbase - might also be a form of enabling or even empowering toxic behavior.” (Greene 3) Greene makes a valid argument stating that by quietly accepting songs that an abuser has made, you are silencing their victims. Those same victims are being verbally harassed with death threats from the toxic fanbase the artist has. All that eventually leads to the artist thinking that since he still has such a supportive and stable fanbase, he is allowed to do anything he desires without suffering any major consequences. From Sofia Samatar’s perspective on enabling this kind of toxic behavior, she discusses in her article Dr. W, a professor at her University that she had looked up to and believed to have a brilliant career. Even with his brilliant career, he threw it all away when he flashed a student of his off-campus. Samatar states that “It’s a routine, a repetition. Dr. W admitted to the police that he’d flashed several women before. Five times, he said. Is there anything more banal than this kind of abuse?” (Samatar 9) Not only had Dr. W flashed one of his students making it a severely inappropriate work environment and sexually harassing them, but he had also committed this act to several women before as well. The quotes from the passages relate in the sense that the artist may continue to commit such crimes because of his fanbase such in the way that Dr. W had committed his crime of flashing women several times as well. That was since no one had stopped them or discouraged their behavior. However, Dr. W did eventually get caught making the situations slightly different from one another. By having supportive people behind them, it suggests that their toxic and abusive behavior is permitted.

By giving an abuser the support they desperately need, it allows them to not hold themselves accountable and thus not changing their behaviors or actions for the future. Everyone needs to be held accountable for the mistakes they make the actions that went along with their mistake, regardless of how major or minor the issue is. If an abuser is caught, the only way for them to feel the guilt of what they did is to be held accountable. Once that is started they need to fix their actions towards others and make things right with their victim. That same victim has the right to whether they want to choose to accept their apology or not, it is not meant for the rest of the world to forgive. Greene discusses how privately playing songs made by an abuser reduces the judgment and shame that it can bring if done publicly. But regardless of whether you do it publicly or privately, you are still exposing yourself to songs made by an abuser. Greene states, “When you choose to expose yourself to the songs of an abuser,  you are also subjecting yourself to a sustained whisper campaign for their inherent virtuousness, for the empathy, the tortured humanity., lying within them.” (Greene 3) Everyone chooses to expose themself to whatever they want to, but when you are to expose yourself to the songs of an abuser you’re allowing yourself to try and sympathize with them and their actions. By listening to their songs you are giving their fanbase additional supporters allowing them to grow thus ignoring the dreadful actions they committed towards their victim. By supporting them continuously you are also giving them a reason not to hold themselves accountable for what they have done. On different occasions, sometimes people do get falsely accused of abusing someone else, though, that is very rare to occur. That was a potential conclusion that Samatar and her best friend jumped to when they found out that their black professor had been caught flashing a student. They believed that could have been the case because it is not uncommon for police officers to frame people for such incidents, especially people of color. Samatar clearly states that “My friend has worked as Dr. W’s teaching assistant. She’s never sensed anything inappropriate. Neither have I. She wonders if there is ‘something wrong,’ if he’s been framed by the police - a black professor, after all, it’s possible - but no, he admitted to the act.” (Samatar 7) Samatar and her best friend could not comprehend how the professor they knew and worked with could have done such an action, and towards one of his students. They thought it could have been possible that the police officer was framing, since after all he was a black man, however, they found out he had admitted to the action. And he did not just commit it once, but several times before that as well. Had Dr. W not been caught and reported by the student he would have never been caught nor would he have been held accountable for this specific action and his previous ones before that as well. He was forced to take accountability and face time in prison, which during that time he hopefully had time to rethink his actions and change them for the better. Nonetheless, both quotes relate to one another in the sense that the artist and Dr. W committed actions that they needed to take accountability for. For harassing their victims and leaving them with nothing but trauma and trust issues. However, in Dr. W’s situation, he took accountability for all the times he had flashed women and was arrested in the end for it. But many famous artists may pay millions just to get bailed out without taking any accountability for their disgusting behaviors. 

Continuing to have respect and love for someone, whether they are close to you or not, after finding out about their objectively harmful actions towards others shows how much you are lacking as an individual. Jayson Greene and Sofia Samatar both express different situations that discuss the topic. Any kind of person with morals would not continue to reconcile the positive impact a person has had on their lives with the knowledge that they have harmed another person. Continuously supporting those who have caused others to harm and trauma encourages them to continue that kind of toxic behavior and it silences the victims of the abuser, and it doesn’t allow the abuser to be held accountable and change their actions. You cannot continue to support someone who has caused others trauma and abused them, they need time to take accountability and change their behaviors. The abuser needs to be genuine about their apology and ask for forgiveness and change for the better. That is the only way you can reconcile someone who had a positive impact on your life but a negative one on another’s life. 

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