Today was “hate crime awareness day” at my school.  Tiny half sheet papers similar to obituaries of the ones killed through violent hate crimes were distributed across the entire school.  I feel like not many people payed attention to it.  Don’t they know they were put on lockers and all over the walls for a reason?  Take the 5 seconds it takes to read 2 sentences and maybe think about your actions and your words.  But they didn’t, or at least that’s the message I got.  I found so many on the floor.  People were almost…outraged that a reminder of REALITY was simply taped to their locker.  I was shocked…
  One, which I found on the floor, was about the pictured young man above; Matthew Shepard.  This crime, this day, this particular case hits close to home with me.  I studied the case of Matthew Separd two years ago and never once forgot the impact it’s made on my life.  Matthew was 21 years old when he was tortured and left tied to a fence in the middle of nowhere back in October of 1998.  Two men named Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were the perpetrators.  Once Matthew stated his sexual orientation the two men proceeded to rob him, pistol-whip him and torture him.  His face was covered in blood except where tears flowed down because of the several fractures and brain-stem damage.  He later died because of these injuries.  But why?  He was gay?  The two men felt threatened?  He was tortured and killed because he was gay.  Of course the case goes into much depth about their motives such as wanting to rob him but not kill him, felt threatened by his orientation and used a “gay panic defense” which I think isn’t a legitimate defense whatsoever. All of this information was brought to my attention two years ago when I did a play called “The Laramie Project” which essentially sets the mood, background and history of the attack and trial to bring awareness and thought to the manner.  It is powerful to say the least.  And I’m saddened that so many people would rather gossip about insignificant topics than take the time to read and maybe just MAYBE reflect on their own words and actions.
10th Feb 201120:0313 notes

  Today was “hate crime awareness day” at my school.  Tiny half sheet papers similar to obituaries of the ones killed through violent hate crimes were distributed across the entire school.  I feel like not many people payed attention to it.  Don’t they know they were put on lockers and all over the walls for a reason?  Take the 5 seconds it takes to read 2 sentences and maybe think about your actions and your words.  But they didn’t, or at least that’s the message I got.  I found so many on the floor.  People were almost…outraged that a reminder of REALITY was simply taped to their locker.  I was shocked…

  One, which I found on the floor, was about the pictured young man above; Matthew Shepard.  This crime, this day, this particular case hits close to home with me.  I studied the case of Matthew Separd two years ago and never once forgot the impact it’s made on my life.  Matthew was 21 years old when he was tortured and left tied to a fence in the middle of nowhere back in October of 1998.  Two men named Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were the perpetrators.  Once Matthew stated his sexual orientation the two men proceeded to rob him, pistol-whip him and torture him.  His face was covered in blood except where tears flowed down because of the several fractures and brain-stem damage.  He later died because of these injuries.  But why?  He was gay?  The two men felt threatened?  He was tortured and killed because he was gay.  Of course the case goes into much depth about their motives such as wanting to rob him but not kill him, felt threatened by his orientation and used a “gay panic defense” which I think isn’t a legitimate defense whatsoever. All of this information was brought to my attention two years ago when I did a play called “The Laramie Project” which essentially sets the mood, background and history of the attack and trial to bring awareness and thought to the manner.  It is powerful to say the least.  And I’m saddened that so many people would rather gossip about insignificant topics than take the time to read and maybe just MAYBE reflect on their own words and actions.



 
  1. trapped-in-a-world-of-mischief reblogged this from betelgeuseee
  2. fucking--groovy reblogged this from thatslifebabe and added:
    Matthew will never be forgotten. Forever will he stay in our hearts
  3. thatslifebabe reblogged this from betelgeuseee and added:
    Matthew Shepard, Laramie Project performance begins tomorrow! Best of luck everyone, not only is this show for Matthew...
  4. katdaddyswagg reblogged this from betelgeuseee and added:
    just saw the Laramie project it touched my heart and brougt tears to my eyes great job Lachsa kids and May God watch...
  5. kgregory314 said: Try showing them a picture of Emmett Till…That oughta do the trick
  6. alannaddict reblogged this from betelgeuseee and added:
    This also hits me close to home because I think its a really important topic to be aware about, and also because I was...
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