Monday, March 12, 2007

Hate Crime?

When is a hate crime of no concern? When the perpetrators are a members of another "protected minority." That is why when a gay man was killed a few weeks ago, it wasn't a blip on the radar.

Andrew Anthos, a 72-year-old gay man, was attacked by a black-man who was shouting gay slurs. After being hit in the back of the head with a metal pope, he lingered in a hospital for ten days before he died.

When Matthew Shepherd was murdered by what was believed to be white-male, gay-bashers, the story was everywhere. This time, you have to go to to get the news.

The difference? Of course, this murderer was black. And, black homophobia is a taboo subject that scares the media.

Perhaps if the black thug had been a Catholic? Or, a member of the military.