One more hate crime and New York City will earn its “Hate Crimes” merit badge.
NY1 is reporting that yet another anti-gay bias crime has gone down in Koreatown. The man allegedly verbally attacked one of the victims before kicking one of them in the shoulder. After the assault the man took off down West 32nd Street. No details are yet known about the victim or the assailant, but cops are asking people who recognize the man in the photo to come forward with tips.
And now to acknowledge the elephant in the room: Why all these hate crimes now? Believe me, I appreciate irony as much as the next witless twentysomething, but usually not in the context of human rights. Is it because of the fall of DOMA and the neutering of Proposition 8 that these creeps are out in force? Or has this shit always been there and now that gay people are starting to let a little light in on their world, homophobes are too?
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The uptick across the city in anti-gay hate crimes can’t ever be tied to just one cause, but here’s one hypothesis about one of the causes: the weather. Really. Anyone who has ever been so cranky from heat that they nearly roundhouse kick someone for even looking at them funny already knows this intuitively, but high temperatures are strongly linked to higher incidence of violent crimes.
Going as far as to say global warming causes violent homophobia would be silly, but where is the debate on how to put the kibosh on these crimes? Anyone have any better ideas? The point is that marriage rights for all was the lowest-hanging fruit in the fight to end discrimination. There is a long way to go if this nonsense is going to stop, and complacency is lurking right around the corner after the recent successes in the Supreme Court.
If you know who this man is, call 1-800-577-TIPS.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 8, 2013