Irrational Violence


To the Editors of the Crimson:

On Friday October 17 at 8 p.m., a friend of mine and I were attacked on the well-lit and relatively welltrafficked street outside of Adams House B entry. In the recent past the vulnerability of women and gays walking the streets of Cambridge at night has received much emphasis in the Crimson and elsewhere on campus. My friend and I are average-size men with nothing about our appearance to attract the wrath of three highly intoxicated Cambridge gentlemen, but for being on the same street with them. This incident would seem to indicate that Cambridge is not really a safe place for anyone to stroll casually unprepared and without thinking. It is not quite time, I hope, to bolt and barricade our doors, but we all must accept and deal with the facts that no one is immune to irrational hoodlum violence and that Harvard square has at least its share of hoodlums. My friend and I were not badly hurt. The men were unarmed. We were very lucky. Craig Hollander '82