A note from the future

This site represents things that I, Matt Dragon, though worthy of posting to the internet to be publicly consumed from age 18-27. Many of those things were, and are, wrong. I used words here at the time I hadn't bothered to educate myself about the harms of. The fact they were more widely used then doesn't absolve my use of them. Many of my opinions reek of what I now understand to be white male privilege.

But I'm not going to take those posts or this site down. For one because it wouldn't matter, the internet is forever and people would still be able to find it. But also because it's important to acknowledge that people should and do change over time. Merely changing doesn't reverse the wrongs or forgive us of what we said or did before. But the actions we take in response to those personal changes should be evaluated to see if they can offset at least some of the harms we caused. I no longer believe people are beyond redemption if they put in the work and the communities their prior words or acts hurt decide to accept their help going forward.

Taking this down entirely wouldn't address the harms nor hold me accountable. So instead I'm adding this note and asking people to evaluate for themselves if they think that 2021 Matt has done enough to offset 2010 Matt. To be honest, these were not my worst takes. Around this time I also stated less publicly that when people run from the police they should hit them with their cars to catch them. If you run you must have done something, right? I had an argument with someone about how no one who wasn't guilty would ever confess to a crime. (Sorry random dude in MegaBYTES)

Obviously those takes were bad, uninformed, and I was wrong for voicing then at the time. I share them because I feel they represent how easy it was to feel empowered as a white male teenager and young adult despite knowing almost nothing. I share them because I think they represent the rock bottom of my opinions and show how much someone's thoughts can change when you simply seek out first hand knowledge and then listen.

Those are just terrible opinions I can remember right now. I'm sure there were others. I haven't exhaustively read all the posts here so there may be similar or worse things I said here. But today, I'm writing letters to the editor about the need for civilian oversight over jails and the police and advocating for the police to be taken out of traffic enforcement. I'm speaking at County Commissioners meetings about civilian jail oversight and the need for accountability. I'm constantly trying to unlearn my bad habits and challenge my initial responses to things. Not because the world has changed but because I have learned to listen. Because people took the risk, the time, and the emotional effort to share and luckily I realized I needed to hear them.

So I leave this up, with this now lengthy disclaimer to try to push folks reading my bad takes to also learn to listen, and to be explicit, not always and only listen to white dudes like me. Where I'm at now, I'm trying to lift other voices. Folks actually experiencing the struggles I have ideas about trying to lessen or solve. Folks who's opinions I trust not because they have degrees or status, but because they're talking about their community, their friends, their family, their life, their struggles. For some of my later posts elsewhere, I chose to channel Dennis Miller when naming that blog. That decision didn't age any better than he did. He's now a racist bigot or at least he is publicly, maybe he always was. He's probably beyond redemption at this point. Andrew Gutmann is probably beyond redemption too, but it's honestly not my decision. I think people definitely can change, and they can change for better or for worse.

So I've done some more recent writing elsewhere that, if you want to read it, is definitely more informed, less self absorbed, with fewer blind spots, and just generally better all around.

My whiteness and maleness have given me all the second, third, and fourth chances anyone could ever ask for. It's up to me to prove I've changed for the better. Hopefully this is a step in that direction.

sit down, get a cool glass of water, and prepare to lose all faith in humanity

posted 10/21/2003 12:00:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 38, grade level: 13 commentscomments(0) linklink
so imagine you are jeff peckman, a man dubbed "doofus in denver" by larry elder(yeah i've never heard of him either), because you have proposed the crock of shit that is initiative 101, the so called "safety through peace" initiative. this states that denver should implement meditiation using about 175 people to cure all of the world's problems. that's right this actually will appear on the ballot in denver. go read this guy's web page, he has pretty graphs and everything. here are some highlights:
it will reduce terrorism
it will reduce unemployment and help the economy
and of course it reduces fires and accidents
note: it does not make coffee or toast (i mean how useless can something be?) if this passes i'm moving to canada, the weather's better, the mounties wear funny pants, and there's hockey.

stay on the cutting edge

posted 10/15/2003 08:21:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 65, grade level: 8 commentscomments(0) linklink
make sure you go and download nada. it's the newest coolest program out there, it'll make your computer so easy to use, and for those of you who aren't masters of the obvious it's not real.

my boy, gary coleman representing...

posted 10/09/2003 03:15:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 71, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
that's right folks, he may not have won, but he did pretty well for an 80's fad: getting 12,960 or 0.2% of the vote. for those of you wondering that's just about 30,000 less than arianna huffington who dropped out of the race before the election and about 1,500 votes ahead of the porn star running. alf would mopped up the place.

finally everything i've been looking for all in one place...

posted 10/09/2003 02:55:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 48, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
to quote sports illustrated: this week's sign that the apocalypse is upon us:
"the church of spongebob squarepants," yes that's right folks, a religion organized around a cartoon character. what does such a religion offer you might ask? "a church that presents it's precepts and spiritual instruction in an easily accessible format." and "a church you can enjoy in your own home - no special building to go to." man, why hasn't the catholic church thought of this, i mean, if they had this kinda ingenuity behind the crusades those heathens wouldn't have had a chance.

dropping the f-bomb

posted 10/07/2003 09:49:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 34, grade level: 9 commentscomments(0) linklink
flats points out that the fcc ruled that using profanity, even the f-bomb, doesn't make a broadcast obscene and therefore doesn't require it to be *bleeped* out. well that's just f*cking great, now i just f*cking need to get on f*cking tv, and i won't get f*cking bleeped any-f*cking-more.

fear the record companies

posted 10/07/2003 05:17:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 56, grade level: 8 commentscomments(0) linklink
not only do they sue 12 year old impoverished girls, but they also have fearsome copy protection: "copy management is intended as a speed bump..." *holds down shift key while inserting cd* ...wow, no more bumps...