“Well, no that’s the BAD kind of vigilante justice. This is the GOOD kind of vigilante justice…”
~AFFotD’s PR director in response to comments today’s fun fact will receive
Okay, so we at AFFotD are obligated to say that this article, which we will tell you right off the bat is about great moments in American vigilantism history, is in no way an endorsement of vigilantism, and that laws and regulations are in place for a reason, and it is a slippery slope when you go outside the law to enact vengeance. We do not condone acts of vigilantism, and point out that the consequences are real, and many people have suffered unduly because of misguided vigilante zeal that we feel is irresponsible, and ultimately damaging to a society of law and order.
This is what irresponsibility looks like. You wouldn’t want to look that cool, right?
Justice is an imperfect monster in society. Humanity has flaws, and those flaws sometimes lead to punishment being wrongfully meted out. And yes, there have been instances of Leo Frank sized injustices at the hands of a vigilante public, but a fair amount of death row inmates have been equally guilty and equally punished by the justice system. So we’re not here to quibble in the nuances and ethical complexities of vigilante justice. We’re just here to tell you about times when it gets fucking awesome.
Here is part one of AFFotD’s When Vigilantism Goes Awesome.