4 responses

  1. Bernie
    October 25, 2011

    Sweet Jesus. When is this sick shit gonna stop?

  2. Regan DuCasse
    October 25, 2011

    I posted in a previous thread on this case, what the elements of hate crimes are and their similarity to rape.
    As you all well know, there is a commitment to the humiliation, and degradation and control of gay people whenever possible. Certainly school bullying is a manifestation of this.
    Rape, is essentially an element to it. Same sex rape, in environments like prisons, are to established control over who is weakest.
    Hetero males are taught that gay males are very weak. So therefore rape isn’t a surprising element of an anti gay attack.

    What is particularly troubling is the public’s understanding of this and the indictment that it’s gay males who are sexually predatory, when in fact the opposite is true.
    The gender/orientation bias makes the work of law enforcers very difficult.

    But more importantly, the interpretation of hate crimes does as well.
    The definition of hate, is concentrated only on the perpetrator and their motives.
    What sets apart a hate crime on a TRADITIONAL target of it, is how investigators, law enforcers, juries, judges and the medical establishment respond as well.
    Those who protest hate crimes laws, do not engage that essentially part of what a hate crime really is.
    When first responders ALSO have disdain for the victim, then the perpetrators are likely to go free with impunity or minimal punishment.

    I’ve asked someone anti gay a very simple question: considering their attitude about gay people, could they be trusted on a jury trying someone for a crime against a gay person?
    Could they be trusted to use their expertise in the interests of justice for that gay person?
    Or in the interests of further enabling harm against them to make a point?

    I’m just guessing, but it seems that Mr. Walker was undressed and beaten in another area, more isolated, transported to where he was found and set on fire.
    Were sexual assault speculated because of his clothes missing, there might be some evidence of sexual assault on his body as well.

    We can ask very simple and important questions, to decent people or those who THINK they are, the questions can give them pause.
    To someone very committed to thinking what they like, out in the open such questions highlight the contradictions and hypocrisy and inevitable irrational thought processes the anti gay possess.

    I recently asked a woman who really thinks herself a moral person how the anti gay test the very humanity of gay people.
    Someone is always trying to see if a gay person can cry, or bleed. By doing things to them to make those things happen.
    And if someone gay is angered or impolite over seeing one of their number cry, bleed or diminished from abuse and murder, they are treated as if the response were inappropriate or unjustified.
    Decent people wouldn’t treat another human that way, but apparently she could.
    That is where her decency and moral principles flew.

    She didn’t like it. But too bad.
    These kinds of casual violence on gay men especially, or the rapes of lesbians…
    This country had similar problems in the Jim Crow system.
    Our nation’s shame.
    It’s no different when someone like Mr. Walker suffers a lynching similar to that.
    It’s for ALL the same reasons and anyone tries to say it isn’t is dishonest at best.

    I’m heartened that Mr. Walker was a popular and well liked person and that there is much grief for him in his community.
    Hopefully it will manifest into proper justice for a monstrous act.

  3. PC
    October 25, 2011

    Sorry, but do you mean Ayrshire (not Syrshire)?

    • Jim Burroway
      October 25, 2011

      I did. A slip of the pinkie.

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