On today's date in The Beacon archives, we published:•This week marks Malcolm X’s 86th Bday & the debate on his life rages on (2011)
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And you told me calling myself “The Dean of Cincinnati” was crazy! By now, you’ve probably seen WLWT’s groundbreaking story about Shadow Hare—a skinny 21 year old white guy from Milford who puts on a costume and fights crime in Over-The-Rhine, armed with handcuffs, pepper spray, and a taser. This is not a joke—or, perhaps I should say, “This is actually happening.” The guy appears to be totally serious.
Watch the original report here.
Shadow Hare, who does not reveal his identity, says he was abused as a child. I guess now he’s striking back in the name of Justice, by leaving Milford to patrol streets in a different city. Lucky for us, he picked Cincinnati!
I feel completely flummoxed by this scenario. This is Peter Parker, without the radio-active spider—which means this is Spiderman without any of the super spider powers. This is like that reality show from the Sci Fi channel, only without the prize and the Hollywood special effects—or a professionally designed costume.
What’s next? Will a gang of super-villains emerge, to engage turf wars with Shadow Hare and his super duper friends? What would Shadow Hare do if confronted by another weird guy in a mask, wielding a taser and pepper spray?
Or even worse, what if Shadow Hare gets confronted by a real criminal with a gun? If Shadow Hare is mowed down in cold blood, will everyone who laughed feel guilty for not seeking help for this band of wanna-be comic book characters?
Follow the first link above. Watch the WLWT anchors’ incapability of holding back their laughter. What set them off? The absurdity of the scenario? The dramatic soundtrack while Shadow Hare gave his speech?
Is it funny when a formerly abused foster child from Milford takes his skinny white self downtown with a vigilante spirit to enforce the law all by himself?
I’m amused, and concerned, and confused—all at the very same time.
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