overground scene

Jeremy the fascist
March 31, 2013, 7:37 pm
Filed under: brutal memoirs, Greece, popular music | Tags: , , , ,

Back in junior high (gymnasium) there was a boy who was a couple of years older than me. Those of us who were younger were afraid of him. His peers were not afraid of him. He was a lot taller than most of us and there were many rumors surrounding him. One of the rumors was that he was expelled from school because he had  raped a younger boy. He was also not good at school and he dropped out of high school. He loved basketball. He was always in his athletic shorts and Michael Jordan t-shirts, dribbling across the streets of Nikaia. He was obsessed with Michael Jordan. Me and my friends often watched the older kids in school playing basketball. He was often playing with them and he was unsuccessfully trying to imitate his idol. When he missed a shot or when he was “atomistic”, like we used to say when someone wanted to show off and did not employ team spirit, his peers would shout at him. They would bully him, call him pervert and retarded and some of the bigger kids even hit him. Growing older some of my peers also started calling him names and making fun of him; pervert, retard, child-molester. Was he also raped when he was younger? Was he beaten by his parents? Did his parents have the education and the resources to pass on to him in order to compete in the school system on an equal footing? Did his teachers make fun of him and humiliated him like in the countless times that I saw my teachers making fun of “bad” students? A few weeks ago I saw a picture of him among members of the greek fascist party Chrisi Avgi. Was he born a monster or made into one?


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