April 23, 2018

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Pippa Bacca was a performance artist, and if you feel that all performance artists deserve to be murdered simply for being performance artists, I would struggle mightily to disagree with you. In 2008 she and a friend set out on a tour of Europe and the Middle East wearing brides’ dresses in order to send a message of international warmth and “marriage between different peoples and nations.” According to her sister, “She thought that in the world there were more positive than negative people, and that it was right to be trusting.” A statement on the artists’ website read, “Hitchhiking is choosing to have faith in other human beings, and man, like a small god, rewards those who have faith in him.”

Three weeks into her “performance,” Bacca’s raped and murdered body was found near a small Turkish village. She’d been killed by a driver who’d offered her a ride.

Corrina Mehiel was a white female in her 30s described as “an artist and dedicated social justice activist…[who] always fought for the rights of others” and was “the first to point out that victims of violence in D.C. are disproportionately people of color.” In 2017 her carcass was found tied up and stabbed to death. A 28-year-old black man has been charged in her murder.

In Sweden—possibly the most aggressively suicidal nation on the planet at the moment—a 22-year-old asylum worker named Alexandra Mehzer offered her help to “migrant youths” at a local refugee center. Her compassion was rewarded with a flurry of fatal knife wounds from one of the males she sought to help. Her cousin told a Swedish newspaper:

It is so terrible. She was a person who wanted to do good. And then he murdered her when she was doing her job.

Are you sensing a pattern here?

Sometimes the safest thing you can do is let people know it’s a dangerous world. Only a fool sticks his hand in a beehive and expects the bees to be nice.

I suppose that one man’s masochist is another man’s martyr, but I’ve never been one for martyrs. If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s that you shouldn’t take political advice from masochists, or you might wind up dead.

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