Around midnight of Friday, May 17 2013, 32 year old Mark Carson and a friend was enjoying a evening on the town in New York’s Greenwich Village area where he was repeatedly harassed verbally by a total stranger and his two friends who had followed them for quite some time after the slurs began about their sexual preference.
Carson and his friend were dressed in tank tops and cut off shorts and boots.
They shouted phrases like” “Look at these faggots! What are you gay wrestlers?”
They exchanged words but Carson’s friend thought that it would be a better idea just to leave it alone and walk away.
The knuckleheads continued their harassment by calling them “faggot and queer!”
The bigoted predator who is an ex-con, named Elliot Morales, then asked the duo if they “wanted to die here?” One of the two who accompanied Morales got scared and ran off right before a silver Taurus .38 caliber revolver was pulled out to shoot Mark Carson in the face.
The cowardly Morales ran away as Carson collapsed to the pavement.
After being spotted not too far from the scene of the murder and arrested, Elliot Morales lay on the pavement himself in handcuffs and had the nerve to laugh and scream out: “Yeah, I shot him in the head!”
Morales is held without bail on charges of second-degree murder as a hate crime, menacing and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
My question to all who are listening is have we become too tolerant of hate crimes such as these?
While surfing the internet for more information on this unacceptable act caused by a monster who appears to be from the pits of hell, I found several articles but when looking on YouTube for a more deeper perspective from those users in cyberspace, I noticed that their videos barely got any hits and really had to wonder why.
Hate crimes are unacceptable no matter WHO is the victim!
Hate crimes need to be punished to the highest degree as no one deserves to die in such a fashion as in this particular instance and no one can truly grasp the pain that is caused in the hearts of their loved ones when they lose a family member or dear friend.
While I don’t have the exact statistics, I read somewhere that crimes against those in the LGBTQ community are up 13% from last year. And I’m quite sure that out of shame or non belief in the system that many of these crimes go unreported to the authorities as the victim now walks with a compounded fear from the unaddressed issue of what they had to endure.
The LGBTQ community has long been known to possess a great amount of unity and political power that has been ever growing as time goes by, so why would a victim of a senseless crime who has survived the onslaught become hesitant in following through with the process that will and should eventually manifest justice for them and prevent others from suffering the same by proactive action?
While the visibility of the LGBTQ community has increased by leaps and bounds, why is it that they appear to become a faceless minority once something like this happens in many regions of the world and especially the United States of America?
In the more populated areas of the U.S. there is a bit more awareness to bring these types of monsters to justice but how can a hate crime be labeled as a hate crime when the very people who are to defend the victim won’t acknowledge their lifestyle as being the reason for the aggression?
This is why I believe many who have grown up in the more sparely populated rural and suburban areas of the United States seek the protection that will come in numbers in the major cities where the LGBTQ populations seem to be more prominent. But shouldn’t one be able to walk anywhere they please no matter where they are in this country and no matter how they live their life as long as they are not hurting anyone?
So the question looms, are these incidents isolated or are they becoming the norm? While every incident of hate driven aggressions toward an LGBTQ community member may not result in death, it still intrudes on the quality of life that all citizens of this country have a right to enjoy regardless of what they do behind close doors with their chosen mate.
We want to talk specifically about the unreported crimes against Gays and what those who fall under that umbrella can do to protect themselves in their daily walk and what should be done when faced with a potentially bad situation when it arrives.
…….and for those who may not support anything that has anything to do with the LGBTQ community, understand that it may not be YOUR problem until someone in YOUR family gets hurt or killed, then it becomes an entirely different situation as ones sexual preference doesn’t change the fact that they were your son, daughter, brother or sister. Love is love and when we lose a loved one the pain does NOT hurt less because of anyones particulars.
Let’s all share what could be done to prevent this from ever happening again!
Time: Friday May 31, 2013 @ 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Place: The LanceScurv Show <—–Click here at show time to hear the entire program live on your computer or smartphone!
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