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.

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Tagged humor:

Why the Internet is awesome
At least Dilbert still has hope
The beard is kinda low budget, but the octopus is awesome
Something tells me that Bush wouldn't be able to tell you who was on first either
Yes, someone must have actually done this before
George Bush will be judged by history
Reply to All added to Axis of Evil
Snow Fog?
Politics and maps make me laugh
Maybe this could have been the New Yorker cover for a Stewart-Colbert ticket
Oh FCC you never fail to amaze me
30 percent of American adults think George Bush is a good President, but apparently they're the smart ones
New Rules, Free Levi
In case of emergency, Geraldo Rivera's mustache is a FAA approved floatation device
Google Maps walking directions get less ghetto
I thought I had too much free time...
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Hey Microsoft, want to know why XP is better than Vista?
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Matt 1, Traffic Violations Bureau 0, Asshat Cop -1
The Daily News and New York Post are in fact, Tabloids, and might I add, Trash
Wanted: For crimes against brick
When food and toys collide
I'd pay to see this guy's reaction
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The joy of staff meetings
Funny, I don't miss the 80s one bit
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Finally a portrait of a True American Hero
Does the internet exist if you're not reading it?
now the kid will get detention for posting a fake detention notice on the internet
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ms succeeds again in making the things you do every day slower
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she makes a good point
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guess someone at yahoo lost some money on the spurs
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hope you're a good swimmer
microsoft plans to defeat google, by building crazy flash crap?
two things that aren't wrong with myspace
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bill gates and steve jobs duke it out
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i may just retire now
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if there are toilets in heaven they look like this
aqua teen terrorism
google reader error
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my windows install has suicidal tendencies
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jon stewart the morning after blowing up crossfire
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jon stewart on senator stevens on the internets
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nsa supper kitty
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bling out your t-shirt collection
flash drive shows how full it is
new york times covers iraqi weapons prices
ohio proves it really is a red state at heart
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warning symbols by dell
oh irony how i missed thee
striped raid....floppy drives
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why send flowers when you can send these?
the internet is now closed....
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found this awhile ago but never remembered to post it
just awesome...
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jack thompson 0 - gamers 100,000,000
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it's like soviet russia, but without the bread lines
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why i hate everyone in america, or at least 60% of 80% of america
poor hobbes
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i need to watch more tv...
100% of your daily dose of irony
oh man, this is just priceless
they say a picture is worth a thousand words
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news flash...
t.o. at the back of the bus, and alligators on the bus
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microsoft appeals to new markets...
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your life may suck...
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bruck's profile regularly comical...
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