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.

a fun little game called gridlock...

posted 02/19/2003 10:15:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 23, grade level: 14 commentscomments(0) linklink
there is a cool game called gridlock that i mooched off rc's profile. also there's some funny penny-arcade's recently

strange but fun...

posted 02/18/2003 12:51:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 57, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
this is interesting, strange, but fun to play with for a while, cause you know you don't really want to be doing anything useful right now.

if only..

posted 02/07/2003 06:08:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 58, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
if only i could be as consistantly funny as penny-arcade is. unfortunately for those of you who have to talk to me, you know that is not the case...not even close.

onions make me cry...

posted 02/05/2003 02:48:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 40, grade level: 13 commentscomments(0) linklink
and laugh sometimes too... the onion has a lot of funny times such as un orders wonka to submit to chocolate factory inspections, a funny article about the president of n. korea that now isn't up any more (hence why i mirrored the others), drinking in quarries down 37 percent, and yankees ensure 2003 pennant by signing every player in baseball. (most of these came to me via wilfred)

satirewire dead....say it ain't so

posted 02/05/2003 02:45:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 34, grade level: 12 commentscomments(0) linklink
as you can see from previous stories, ok so it's only one previous story, but you get the idea, satirewire was a funny funny place to be, unfortunately it has shut down, but not before taking a few last shots, jupiter apparently doing something wrong, aclu takes over terror investigation, will focus attention on no one in particular, and canadian warship seizes tanker in.... wait... canada has a warship?.

some other stuff i forgot...

posted 02/05/2003 02:11:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 44, grade level: 10 commentscomments(0) linklink
here's u.s.-led iraq war slated for super bowl halftime show and your daily horiscope off the onion: cancer: (june 22—july 22) there's trouble at work again this week as you continue to be undermined by your smarter, more charismatic black secretary of state. (btw, bush's birthday is july 6th)

funnier than white meat...

posted 02/05/2003 01:35:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 34, grade level: 15 commentscomments(0) linklink
there's a comic site called red meat that i used to read and then completely forgot about. there's some really funny comics there, and highlights include: 1 2 3 4