Feelings on Hate Crimes

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Feelings on Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are toxic in our community and everywhere. There are numerous instances of verbal, physical, and emotional abuse each year. The consequences of the hate crimes have been and are horrible for both the abuser and victims. As Andrew Sullivan once said in The New York Times Magazine, “ A free country will always mean a hateful country. It is reality, and while we need not endorse it, we should not delude ourselves into thinking we can prevent it”. Although this quote is true we should very much try and prevent hate and always remember that discrimination kills.

On June 7, 1998 James Byrd Jr. was chained to the back of a pick-up truck and dragged three miles to his death. James was killed by William King who was 24 and a white supremacist, anti black and anti Semitic. King and two friends killed James because it was part of a bonding ritual in their fledging supremacists group.

There are many instances of hate crimes each year. In 1993 William L. Childs was killed by a group of teenagers in Blue Valley Park, Kansas City. He was beaten, shoved, stabbed, and his head was smashed into a rock just because he was gay. Five years ago a gay man named Reed started receiving harassing phone calls. During those phone calls someone once said, “I know where you live” and another caller said, “Were going to kill you”. not much later Reed was struck by a full beer bottle. Buford Furrow Jr. calmly walked up to a Filipino American, casually asked him to mail a letter, and shot him on the spot. That was right after he had just walked into a Jewish Community Center and shot at kindergartners.

Not only the people that are being abused are the victims but so are they’re family, friends, and relatives. For example, when William King had an opportunity to say something to James Byrd JR’s family he smirked and uttered an obscenity. King bragged to an accomplice that “I have made history”. There are numerous consequences for victims of hatred. Reed had to move three times in five years to avoid the harassing phone calls and physical abuse. The consequences of hate can go from that to death. Studies show that in 1985 there were eleven mentions of hate crimes. In 1990 there were more then a thousand and in the first months of this year there were more then seven thousand. Another consequence is that it creates hate inside of the victim. Although this hate is justified. For example, what else were the Jews suppose to feel towards the Nazis after the Holocaust? Victims may overcome this hate towards there abuser and if they do it is supreme moral achievement but if they don’t they are not the perpetrators. Hate victims are often hate victimizers.

There are also many consequences of the abuser. William King, killer of James Byrd, was only twenty-four and was convicted of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection. That man just gave his life away to kill someone who is completely innocent and has never effected him in his life. We associate therefore we disassociate but disassociation doesn’t mean murder or abuse. It just means don’t socialize with people you feel you dislike. Hate criminals are often members of hate groups which is very much unnecessary in this world. Hate is not rational.

Everyone should be very much informed about hate so they don’t create it themselves. If you create hate against someone they then will have hate and be hateful to someone. It is like a pattern or chain of hate. Hate is an unwinnable war and it is better to leave some unwinnable wars unfought.

Imagine trying to get into your garage apartment, which you’ve rented, to what you think a nice man and realizing that the locks have been changed. Then having to climb up to the second story window to get into your own garage apartment. The man that owed you rent had left without paying it. Inside the apartment were insulting notes with slurs about the Jewish religion on them, profanity, and swastikas written largely all over the notes. Also the man states that “he doesn’t owe anything”. You also discover that food has been thrown around the apartment. The man had cut wholes in your sofa and bed. Also cut the wires to electrical appliances. This story is based on an interview that I did with Babette Richards. This happened to her and her husband in May of 1997. The man was predicted to be a Nazi but nobody knows how he found out Babette was Jewish. He probably belonged to some sort of hate group. He was reported to the police but there has been no word since then. Some of you may argue that Babette should’ve been more careful on who she let rent her house out. Nobody should have to worry about being harassed because the of the way they are living there life.

As I conclude my speech I would like to ask you one question. At what moment does one human being assert superiority to another? Never! I hope that is your answer to. Just always remember that discrimination kills. Now I would like to read you a poem that was written in memory of Matthew Shepard who was murdered in 1998 because he was gay.

People are people
So why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully

So were different colors
And were different creeds
And different people have different needs
It’s obvious you hate me
Though I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ve never even met you so what could I have done

I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand

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