Wow wow wow. This is a tough one. What are your thoughts? Do you feel angry? Impressed? Touched? Disgusted? I personally am fascinated by Tom’s ability to alter his consciousness to not deal with what he did.
Here’s some questions to guide you:
Is there something wrong with branding someone a victim or a rapist? Can you acknowledge the humanity of a rapist? Is a rapist’s “Certificate of Humanity” burned? What about anyone else that has done something wrong? A murderer, a batterer, a racist? If someone does something bad or even absolutely terrible, does this constitute the sum of who they are? How and why did acknowledging that Tom was not just a racist help him to take responsibility for his actions?
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