3 Responses to “Homophobic Graffiti Shows Need For Countywide Educational Efforts, Advocacy Group Says”
January 7th, 2011
Thank you to CDMToday for printing this information. Ginger Hahn writes a lot better than I do. As has been stated before these continuing incidents indicate the message is not getting across. We can say that you can't reach everyone, but I say, why not? I say we had better reach these kids before words of hate turn into acts of hate. The GLBT community in OC and Newport Beach is a lot larger than many people realize and these continued incidents both on and off the school campus (referencing similar anti-gay graffiti on a mural last summer in CDM) are not going to be tolerated. We are not going away and we are not going to live in fear. I think that the police are incorrect in not calling this a hate crime. I guess they are saying that because it could possibly be attributed to school rivalry, rather than an attack on GLBT students specifically. When you have a criminal act (vandalism) and slurs directed at a group of people (hate) that qualifies as a hate crime. A non-criminal act directed at a person or group is classified as a hate "incident." Clearly that does not apply here as it is a crime to vandalize property. In fact I think $4,200 qualifies as a felony, I could be wrong. Hate speech on the other hand is protected under the first amendment. That means people can state opinion of hate, print or distribute materials, just as I can write my commentary. It does not mean you can yell slurs at an individual or group names with the intent to intimidate, that is a hate incident, or if it involves "terrorist threats" it becomes a hate crime again. Clearly this is not protected hate speech, since there is a crime involved. Personally I think the police and city don't want hate crime statistics on their books, it's bad for business. So where do we go from here? So far it's been kind of a one sided conversation. Let's hear from the schools and the city and the police.
January 8th, 2011
Dear Amy, Ginger & Jamie, Thank you for every ounce of input and upset because as long as we're talking about this isssue of hate & intolerance, we're addressing it on some level. Even as a first step towards civil tolerance, I'll support and encourage the topic. It's not okay or acceptable to allow our kids to move forth with harm or evil intent towards one another for any reason whatsoever. Please keep this subject pushed forward so people can start to recognize the reality of whats really going on around them as well as their participation in the subject.
January 8th, 2011
Sounds a lot like a hate crime to me...