Thursday, April 12, 2012
Hate Crimes and the Fatal Blindness
I'm glad to see that reported hate crimes are down in Canada. It's really good news for most people. Just not so good if you're gay.
The report said, though, that while the rate of racial hate crimes was down 20 per cent from 2009 and the rate of religion-based incidents was down 17 per cent, rate of crimes linked to sexual orientation was relatively stable.
Which is disturbing eh? For who wants to be attacked by strangers on the way to the supermarket? Or watch your lover's head being bashed in with a baseball bat. Just for who you are, and who you love.
But what's even more disturbing about this story is that the CBC, and CTV, and a number of other media outlets forgot to mention this bloody little detail.
Gays were more likely to be victims of violent hate crimes. Two-thirds of incidents targeting gays were violent. A third of racially-motivated offences and 17 per cent religiously-motivated crimes were violence.
Talk about a fatal blindness. That old devil homophobia still blinds so many.
Golly. You don't think Stephen Harper's government might launch a national anti-homophobia campaign? Like so many other countries have. Do you think we could have a blog burst like we just had on the abortion motion? Or a Twitter tornado?
Nah. I didn't think so either.
But I'm not discouraged eh? I'm determined to live long enough to not collect a pension and die in poverty. In my bed instead of on some sidewalk. I have studied martial arts, which might be helpful.
And if somebody should ask will it ever be safe to be gay in Canada?
I would say DEFINITELY.
For I have seen the future and it's BEAUTIFUL.
I may hate pink eh? But when I see young Canada, in all its glorious diversity, standing up for bullied kids, and against the hate that kills. And I see how the movement is spreading across the country.
I know that they will be the ones who will finally destroy the old demon homophobia.
The present is still dangerous.
But the future will be safer...