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Hate Crime For Gays But Not Blacks?Poetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
Verdicts should be rendered on the aggravated intent of the other, And not based solely on group popularity versus one’s skin color.
(CLEVELAND) - Once again, Americans are challenged to confront needless death in the headlines; alleged crime and apparent lack of crime - conflicts that just fail to make sense.
A young man named Tyler Clementi, leaps from a bridge after he is outed for being gay; he was exposed by his roommate, and now that man faces up to ten years behind bars.
It seems the thought police are gaining a lot of ground in America.
The fact that a young man committed suicide is tragic and without question there are many impacts, but from all accounts, this man took his own life strictly by choice.
In another case, a Black teenager named Trayvon Martin walked to a store to buy his little brother candy during halftime while they watched a football game.
When he returned from his brief walk to a convenience store, the unarmed youngster, who was not a troublemaker, was gunned down in front of his Florida home.
He was killed aby a 'neighborhood watch' captain named George Zimmerman, who is 28-years old.
Had Zimmerman not been allowed to carry a gun with authority, the 18-year old Trayvon Martin, whose family naturally is extremely devastated, would be alive.
But the worst thing, the glaringly ugly, in-your-face part of this crime, is that there is no crime according to police' the trigger puller in this case has been arrested or charged.
Of course we would like to expect more from a racist state that was part of the slave-owning Confederacy; it would be nice to think laws protecting those who Murder Black people are a thing of the past.
A blatant shooting death goes unpunished, and a man who communicated the wrong information about another man's sexual orientation may disappear for a decade.
Hate Crime For Gays But Not Blacks?
First of all we need to get one thing straight,
Okay, we hear a lot of talk about, “Gay Pride,”
The case put a national spotlight on bullying Gays,
Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge,
Dharun neither encouraged nor pushed to this death,
A female professor at the New York School Of Law,
Prosecutor Julia McClure said she’ll consult the Clementi’s,
Has society misconstrued the meanings of bullying & hate?
Not only has George not been arrested he’s not been charged,
Tale of two cities resulting in the destruction of two young lives,
By Luke Easter
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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