From the Washington Post's story on last night's post-ACC championship riots at the University of Maryland:
- "I've never been to a riot before, and I wanted to get in on the action," said Oba Opesanmi, a freshman wearing only gym shorts and socks who had just posed triumphantly in front of the line of stern-faced police officers. "We killed Duke."
"My parents went through this kind of thing with protests of Vietnam," said Jason Zarro, a sophomore computer science major. "Even though this is not of the same magnitude."
"Not of the same magnitude" because those riots were smaller, dude! If North Vietnam hadn't totally kicked our asses in overtime, then your parents might have had something to celebrate!
Really, though, Zarro's parents are probably proud. The Post describes the mini-riot as students "committing acts of civil disobedience;" we had no idea Maryland students were so oppressed. What's burning a draft card compared to burning a mattress? (I think they were protesting adding Boston College to the conference.) As Martin Luther King, Jr. put it in one of the less quoted passages of Letter from a Birmingham Jail: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he chooses to overturn his neighbor's sport utility vehicle. Go Terps! Woo! Woo!"