The Terrorists of Santa Cruz

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Some of you know who I’m talking about, and some of you don’t. For those that live in Santa Cruz or attend UCSC, you’re probably aware of the actions described in this article of the SC Sentinel. And I have something to say about this, because, quite honestly, the biggest problem with Santa Cruz as a city is that its citizens and its government don’t care enough to say anything. Warning, there will be harsh language from this point on. Tune out if you don’t want to hear it…

To those people who call themselves freedom fighters, animal rights activists, environmentalists, etc: fuck you. Those of you who seek to achieve results through violence are terrorists. You are no better than the people who drove two planes into the two towers on September 11th, 2001. You are no better than the folks responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing or the numerous attacks on the World Trade Center prior to 9/11. You are no better than Hitler, Stalin, or anyone who has ever sought to rule the world through terror and destruction. You are no better than the individuals who rape, murder, and otherwise terrorize the innocent in this country or elsewhere. You are all hypocritical pieces of shit who do not deserve to even be called human, because your actions are despicable, unacceptable, and horrid.
You seek to achieve liberation of animals by attacking researchers and their families…families who are, by default, INNOCENT, who have done nothing wrong whatsoever. What exactly do you think will become of this? Will we stop testing on animals? No, in fact, you’re making some folks support the industry even more. The fact is, we are all guilty of what you hate so much about your fellow man. You too have benefited from testing on animals. Vaccines, medicines, etc. All of these things you have used at some point in your life. In fact, even to step into a hospital is to support the very thing you despise. Without animal testing we would not have cures for the diseases that plague us. Would you be so quick to condemn millions if not billions of innocent people to death so we can become like you?
The problem is, I don’t fucking want to be like you. I like the taste of cow. I like chicken and pig and other animals. Their meat tastes good to me. I won’t stop eating them because you don’t like the way they are being treated. I won’t stop eating them if you threaten my life or bomb homes with children in them. You have to accept that people are not going to be like you, not without you taking control of the entire world, which will not happen without a fight of some sort. And people will lose their lives in that fight, yours and ours. Millions will die as you attempt to rule the world like the fascist pigs that you are. You may have entirely valid reasons for wanting to fight, but that does not give you the right to attack people at their homes, nor does it give you the right to kill or destroy public or government property. Remember, when you destroy things that belong to UC Santa Cruz, it comes out of the pockets of ALL STUDENTS. Everyone pays because of that. And because of you, now the UC will have to tighten security and make the lives of students more difficult, all because you are unwilling to fight for what you believe in in a manner that is acceptable.
And don’t give me this bullshit about how peaceful protest doesn’t work. You and I both know that is a load of complete shit. Martin Luther King did not achieve freedom for blacks by murdering white people or bombing homes. No, in fact, he was the complete opposite. He took hits from the people that hated him, and all the way kept himself composed. He was an inspiration to us all and he never once lifted a hand to strike down those that despised him. Contrary to what you pea brained fuckwads think, violence doesn’t solve everything. And unfortunately for you, nothing you do will stop the consumption of animals in this world. Ever. Humans are meat eaters. Deal with it. Likewise, until YOU come up with methods to replace our current methods for discovering more about genetics, etc. we will continue to do that out of necessity. We absolutely require the use of animals for testing to provide us with cures for cancer, etc. As a result, all violence does is make us more aware that there are crazy ass fuckers in the world who deserve their own fucked up island to live on so we don’t have to deal with them.
And I’ve had fucking cancer. I want a cure for that, okay? Whatever it fucking takes. Your bullshit actions aren’t going to stop me from finding those cures in this lifetime. It only makes me more resolute in my beliefs.
So, in the end, I hope the fuckers who have done and will do terrible things in this city and any other city will be caught and locked up forever. May your sins against humanity condemn you to a life behind bars. Your rights are not being trampled on. You can peacefully protest. You, however, are breaking the law, repeatedly, and harming human beings who simply believe differently. This is the same narrow-minded, sick mentality that led Hitler to commit genocide against the Jews, or Stalin to kill Christians and political dissenters, or Mao Ze-Dong to murder his fellow people and the people of Tibet, or the list of other remarkably horrible acts of genocide you can find here. You all are markers of evil, people on this earth who have nothing better to do than terrorize people for literally no valid reason. You are not fighting oppression. You are fighting an imaginary nothing, a force you think exists, but doesn’t. And people are paying with their lives because of it.
So, fuck you, every one of you, and fuck anyone who condones these actions. You are just as bad. May the rest of your lives be fraught with horrible cases of some minor skin condition that won’t cause you anything but discomfort. Like a really bad diaper rash or something. That’ll teach you.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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