This is dedicated to those people who have been or continue to be humiliated, insulted, and otherwise harassed by the Scum * with whom they are forced to interact and from whom they get no justice.

“In a court of fowls (fouls?), the cockroach never wins his case.” – Ruanda/Burundi

“The spider and the fly can’t make a bargain.” – Jamaica

Scum is all around us. It has no well-defined mold. It’s found in every walk of life. I’ve seen this as well as been told. Scum, Scum is everywhere no matter the color of skin. Scum’s found as dullards or teachers, laymen or preachers, as strangers or as kin. It seems that for Scum the drive is, whether in women or men, an unrelenting urge to inflict upon others Scum’s unfettered sin.

“Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree” – Ethiopia.

Evil often disguises itself as something good, not infrequently wrapped in the guise of humanitarianism.

I sometimes wonder whether bad experiences have a greater and more permanent biochemical effect on us than good experiences or … does life just assault us with more bad experiences than good. Whatever the case, relatives, friends, acquaintances and strangers continually lament the pain that Scum inflicts on them. I am dismayed by what Scum does to all of us. The ______was just Scum, pathetically dumb, and depressingly glum but privileged. Scum’s arrogant air showed that Scum did not care about being disliked or unfair. Scum is commonly empowered by upper-level scum, and scum rises to the top.

“Surely people of goodwill can come together to salvage the world.” – Betty Shabazz, American activist and lecturer.

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – attributed to Edmund Burke (1729-1797, Irish philosopher & statesman) It takes courage to effect change because it means taking risks. “Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.” – Baltasar Gracian y Morales. Here’s to courage and wisdom and the education of Scum.

* Scum – a low, worthless or evil person; such persons collectively; riffraff; dregs; a film of foul or extraneous matter that forms on the surface of a liquid; refuse.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...