Friday, February 03, 2006

You Are Not a Beautiful and Unique Snowflake

I think hate gets a bad rap.

By that I mean that everybody says, "I hate this, I hate that" when they don't like something very much. The meaning of the word is diluted. I think that most of the things people say that they hate are thinking of things that irk them a little, bother, VEX or annoy them. I don't think most people know what is to truly hate.

Hate is to dislike somebody or something intensely, often in a way that evokes feelings of anger, hostility, or animosity. Sure, you say, I've felt that way before. But look back and think about it. In retrospect, did you really hate what you thought you were hating in that situation? Was it only for a moment in a specific situation, once it passed, was everything OK again? I don't hate is something that is overcome that easily. I reserve the word for something truly deserving of hate, and I honestly haven't come up with anything yet.

I thought about this because of a tragic incident we had nearby in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in which a very disturbed 18-year-old man attacked patrons of the bar Puzzles, frequented by gay men, with a handgun, machete and hatchet. Read the part about his MySpace account in the second article.

Already this is being called a hate crime. Well, yeah it's a hate crime. Just about every crime is a hate crime. Only now we have to make sure that specific crimes driven by hatred for one's race religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation are specially designated and punished. In essence, crimes against people who are not white, male, Christian heterosexuals are somehow worse than crimes against everyone else. What this kid did was horrifying, but why should the crime somehow be more heinous because it happened to gay men and a mentally challenged man? Were the victimslives somehow more valuable because of this? No, of course not.

In reality, however, this society does value peoples lives more because they are viewed as oppressed and downtrodden. Was the murder of Gianni Versace a hate crime because he was gay or not, since Andrew Cunanan was also gay? Were Cunanan's other victims' lives more or less valuable than Versace's? You know, he murdered five people in his nation-wide killing spree. I'd venture to say that Cunanan hated four out of five, including his first victim, former Navy Lieutenant Jeff Trail, who I met spoke with a few weeks before he was murdered, rolled up in a carpet and left to rot.

Was the Wichita Massacre not motivated by hate?
At about 11 PM on the freezing cold night of December 14, 2000, Reginald Carr, 23, and Jonathan Carr, 20, invaded the home of three young Wichita men who had two female guests. The Carr Brothers forced all of them to strip naked. They beat the men and raped the women.

In addition to repeatedly raping the women, the Carr Brothers have been found guilty of forcing them to perform sexual acts on each other, sodomizing one of them, and forcing the three male victims to perform sex acts with each of the women. Then the Carr Brothers robbed them and brutally murdered four of them.

According to a lone survivor's horrifying pre-trial testimony, after sexually tormenting them, the Carr Brothers took the friends individually to an ATM machine and forced them to withdraw as much cash as possible. Then, the Carr Brothers transported their naked victims to a remote soccer field and forced them to kneel in the snow before shooting them execution-style in the head, and then running them over with a truck. After leaving their victims for dead, the Carr Brothers returned to the men's apartment and stole appliances, bedding, and china.

The four friends who died were: Jason Befort, 26, an Augusta High School science teacher and football coach; Brad Heyka, 27, a director of finance with Koch Financial Services; Heather Muller, 25, a St. Thomas Aquinas pre-school teacher who planned to become a nun; and Aaron Sander, 29, a former Koch employee who had decided to become a priest.

The fifth friend, a 25-year-old woman, miraculously survived. To get help, she walked nearly a mile, naked and bleeding from her wounds, through snow and subfreezing temperatures. Her identity is being protected because she was the victim of a sex crime.
The Carr brothers, two black men, almost completely escaped media scrutiny, thanks to the judge.

But why should it matter whether they did it out of hate or not? Isn't it enough that it's already illegal to kill and rape and that they pay the consequences? Hate crime legistlation doesn't deter these awful things from happening, it only forces inequality under the law and condones special treatment for people because of what they look like and who they love.

4 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon bloody well said...

The whole "hate crime" thingy is such PC hypocrisy.

"...18-year-old man attacked patrons of the bar Puzzles, frequented by gay men,
with a handgun, machete and hatchet."

Did he have three hands? Okay, bad joke.

03 February, 2006 18:15  
Blogger Lone Pony bloody well said...

I agree Matt. Geeze, gory!

03 February, 2006 21:31  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin bloody well said...

I'll let you in on a little secret: just as you wrote, every crime is a hate crime. One crime should not, should NEVER be placed above another in terms of priority because all crimes are reprehensible.

However, it is not in keeping with today's PC world to acknowledge this.

Another secret: the BZ is and has been a cop, on both local and federal levels. And yes, I am your worst nightmare: I am a WHITE DEVIL MALE, over 50 -- therefore consigning me to immediate death and dismemberment.

Unfortunately, I can also string together something of a coherent sentence bereft of "ya dude," "you know," "and like," and, my favorite in the so-called "minority community" --

"You know what I'm sayin'?"

NO. I DON'T know what you're saying. Speak the King's English and I MIGHT know what you're saying.

Grrrrrrr. . .

03 February, 2006 22:15  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin bloody well said...

But I digress. . .

:^)

03 February, 2006 22:16  

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