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As if we didn’t already know that Michael Dunn is a deranged monster, he made some blindingly infuriating comments from jail that would make anyone with a conscience see red. To refresh: Dunn shot into a car with four black teens inside after asking them to turn their music down in a convenience store parking lot. The teens were unarmed, and Dunn shot at them ten times. Jordan Davis, who was seventeen at the time, was killed, because he was a black teenager in a car listening to loud music. Dunn faces 60 years in prison for attempted murder of the three other people in the car, but the jury was deadlocked when it came to the first degree murder charge for killing Davis. Dunn will be retried, and if there’s any justice in this stupid world, will be found guilty. In newly released jail house phone calls, Dunn made it clear that he’s the real victim in all this (just like a rape victim!), not the innocent teens he shot at, and certainly not the one he killed.

“I was the one that was being preyed upon, and I fought back. It’s not quite the same but it made me think of like the old TV shows and movies where, like, how the police used to think when a chick got raped going, ‘Oh, it’s her fault because of the way she dressed. I’m like, ‘So it’s my fault [laughing] because I asked them to turn their music down. I got attacked and I fought back because I didn’t want to be a victim and now I’m in trouble. I was the one who was victimized… I’m the victor, but I was the victim, too.”

His rape comments are unsurprising given his total detachment from reality of any kind, and he’s right when he says it’s “not quite the same.” Not by a long shot. For reference, here is a list of things that are not akin to rape:

1. Anything that is not rape

Dunn lives in a world where victim blaming is the fodder of old movies and not an actual reality. This should surprise exactly no one, because Dunn is a human-shaped sack of excrement who has no sense of how the world works. In reality, Barbara Walters blames Woody Allen‘s victim, publicly. A pregnant woman was murdered and raped but The Daily Mail made damn sure you knew she was a sex worker. The Steubenville rape verdict was peppered with accusations about the victim’s underage drinking. Rape survivors have to organize to speak out against the rampant victim blaming they face. Victim blaming is real and is happening every day.

Comparing his own actions being a rape victim isn’t only tone deaf and asinine, but makes things that much harder for actual rape victims. Every time Dunn or another fool compares things that are not rape to being raped, it makes rape something to be taken less seriously and makes it even harder to prosecute. To identify with rape victims after shooting at unarmed, non-threatening teenagers is appalling and morally repugnant. Michael Dunn doesn’t live in our world, where people barely report rape for fear of blame or retribution and where black kids are in danger every second because apparently their innocuous actions are cause for murder. He lives in a world where rape victims get the full support of the justice system, where his actions are good and valid, and where black teens pose a legitimate threat just for being black teens.

Make no mistake that Dunn is a racist piece of garbage who didn’t like what he saw and decided to do something about it. Of his jail accommodations, he told his fiancée:

“Being in a room by myself kind of sucks. But I guess it would be better than being a room with them animals … I was in a room with three black guys.”

Dunn wasn’t a victim of anything except for himself–his own racism transformed black teens innocently listening to music into something sinister, when he in fact he’s the dangerous monster who shouldn’t be on the streets. These teens were only dangerous in his own mind because he made them that way with his hatred, and now a kid is dead and Dunn wasn’t found guilty of killing him. Nobody else pulled the trigger, and nobody else even had a gun. But being a black person is apparently enough of a cause for concern that innocent actions like listening to music in a white person’s presence are seen as a life threatening attack. Michael Dunn feels totally justified in his own actions, and he’s the only person sleeping well at night.

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