The “Matthew Shepard & James Byrde, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed today by President Obama.
This is a great Bill, a long time coming.
Localities can succumb too easily to the prejudices of their populations, & making these FEDERAL crimes pulls that potential of injustice out of the equation..
But, if for no other reason, it FINALLY recognizes that crimes committed against other human beings simply because of WHAT they represent to the willfully ignorant amongst us are MUCH more cancerous than crimes committed for gain or revenge. It now part of our National paradigm.. our “official soul”.
That said, we NOW need to concentrate on PREVENTATIVE measures so that enforcement of this law is deemed unnecessary.
EDUCATION… programs in PUBLIC SCHOOLS to teach our children that the DIFFERENCES in our people that is our STRENGTH… people of all faiths & ethnicities, genders, races & colors, of all political persuasions….& that gays & lesbians are our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters.
EXPOSURE… of the demagogues metastasizing throughout our media, preaching their hatred… bleating their bigotry & ignorance, inciting, in many cases, the very sociopaths that committed the crimes that this Bill was designed to prevent.
We ALL know who they are.. & it is our DUTY as decent people in an enlightened society to CONFRONT them at every opportunity… to show them & those that they claim to represent that we will NEVER tolerate their INTOLERANCE again.
No more SILENCE!