In a recent op-ed article for The Root, Kelli Goff posed a question in reference to the brutal killing for Mark Carson, an openly gay black man, and the lack of outrage his death has received from the black community:
“Despite inroads made in finding common ground between the two communities, are communities of color less sympathetic to hate crimes predicated on sexual orientation?
Since his murder, there have been other anti-gay assaults in New York City. Although protest marches initiated within communities of color tend to immediately follow the deaths of men of color believed to have been victimized because of their race, such as the recent Kimani Gray protests, the outrage about Carson’s death has been largely concentrated in the gay community.
The mysterious death of openly gay Clarksdale, Miss., mayoral candidate Marco McMillian seemed to touch upon this issue. As news coverage hailed McMillian’s pioneering run as one of Mississippi’s first openly gay candidates, I couldn’t help wondering if there would have been more outrage and coverage had he simply been one of the state’s first viable black candidates.”
Maybe some people may choose not to give a damn because of their own biases, but that’s there right as well. First of all, it’s a shame the question has to be asked. It’s 2013 and the fact that hate crimes still happen, and plenty of them go unreported, is a testament to the society we live in. Someone’s way of life or color should have no bearing on another person’s life. But apparently there are people out there who choose to be animals and prey on another person simply because they exist in a realm they have issues with.
What do you think? Are African-Americans Less Sympathetic To Gay Hate Crimes?