Hate Crimes

March 8, 2007

I quoted Williams Sloane Coffin yesterday:

“Trent Lott, Gary Bauer, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell – all insist their words contribute nothing to an atmosphere that might legitimate anti-gay violence.  Don’t they know that the seed of disrespect often blossoms into hatred and violence?”

We might as well add the Anglican Primates to the list.

Hate crimes are so commonplace they do not get much press anymore.  Here is one example, from Planet Out Gay and Lesbian News:

Richard Aicardi and Brian Dwyer were charged with assaulting two members of the 16-member Baker’s Dozen a cappella group outside a New Year’s Eve party in San Francisco. Witnesses said the trouble started after the vocalists sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The victims said the attackers hurled anti-gay epithets before the first punch was thrown.

Evan Gogel, one of the two most seriously injured chorus members, suffered a concussion when Aicardi, Dwyer and others repeatedly kicked him while he was on the ground, police said. Aicardi also was charged with punching another singer, William Bailey, as he tried to get away.

Click here for the whole story.


8 Responses to “Hate Crimes”

  1. D Hamilton Says:

    Hate crimes are so commonplace they do not get much press anymore.

    Or is it hate crimes of this seriousness are so rare that we hear about each one?

  2. Jeff Says:

    Note that this was not from the mainstream press; it didn’t make it. This is from PlanetOut, the gay press. The mainstream press doesn’t cover events like this anymore because there are simply too many of them.

    Do a search of local papers for yourself if you don’t believe it.


  3. D Hamilton Says:

    Interesting that the story is not news, I heard about this assualt on the radio closer to New Years. The arrest warrants are though.

    Here is an article that’s 56 days old: http://www.examiner.com/a-502665~Probe_of_singers__alleged_beating_expands.html and the LA Times covered the attack on January 17th: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/1195515861.html?dids=1195515861:1195515861&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Jan+17%2C+2007&author=John+M.+Glionna&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&edition=&startpage=B.1&desc=Choirboy+case+goes+soap+opera

  4. D Hamilton Says:

    And even Fox News covered this attack on 1/11/07: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,242878,00.html

  5. Jeff Says:

    How appropriate that an advertisement for Ann Coulter’s propaganda popped up while viewing that link; a perfect case-in-point for what I’m trying to demonstrate. Her recent comments and use of deragatory language are exactly what I’m talking about.

    I’m not sure what you are trying to prove. My point is that gay hate crimes are directly related to conservate/Orthodox theology. Proving or disproving any of my comments about press coverage may make you feel good but is peripheral to the point at hand. The point is that to be born a gay person in America is to be born at risk for violence as a result of conservative Orthodox theology, which implicitly engenders violence against us.

    From the HRC:

    “According to 2004 FBI statistics, hate crimes based on sexual orientation constituted the third highest category reported and made up 15.5 percent of all reported hate crimes. Only race-based and religion-based prejudice crimes were more prevalent than hate crimes based on sexual orientation.”


  6. D Hamilton Says:

    Maybe the risk is lessening. For 2005 the percent of hate crimes directed at GLBT persons reduced 9% to 14.2% of all hate crimes reported in the FBI 2005 data. The total number of hate crimes nation wide fell from 7649 in 2004 to 7163 in 2005, and the corresponding crimes against GLBT also fell from 1197 in 2004 to 1017 in 2005. This was a reduction of 15% in hate crimes directed at the GLBT community from 2004 to 2005.


  7. Jeff Says:

    In general, the risk of violent hate crime is lessening across the board. The trends are more clearly diplayed in the displayed in the 2004 reports. Across the board, hate crimes were down about 2.3% from 2003.


    That is a good thing as society has begun to understand that differences are something to celebrate rather than try to make uniform.

    The radical right’s efforts to target gays and lesbians as an exception to that rule do not help in this effort, however.


  8. D Hamilton Says:

    Tragically – and I am certainly not oblivious to them – hate crimes are real. Another was reported this weekend in my area: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_HATE_CRIME_PROBE_FLOL-?SITE=FLPET&SECTION=ENTERTAINMENT&TEMPLATE=state.shtml


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