Fake It

About a month ago, an acquaintance emailed me about a hate crime in Lincoln, NE. His only commentary was, “when are you going to wise up?” That remark was followed by a link to a blog post about the attack, including photos that couldn’t be posted by major news outlets. According to the story, an unnamed 33-year-old woman was viciously attacked in her home as she slept by three masked men who stripped her naked, bound her hands and feet with zip-ties, carved homophobic slurs into her arm and her stomach, spray-painted similar slurs on the walls, poured gasoline on the floor and lit the house on fire.

As soon as I read the story, I smelled a stage act. I didn’t want to immediately post about it because there wasn’t much info in the news reports I was able to find. The spray-painted slurs were on the inside of the house, not the outside – in the basement, no less. The slurs cut into her skin were on her stomach and arm, places she can easily reach. I’ve studied the psychology of people who commit hate crimes, and none of that makes any sense.

A person who would go so far as to attack a person for their sexual orientation or their race or religion is doing so in an attempt to humiliate and intimidate that person AND all of the people in the vicinity who are associated with that person. When a hate crime involves defacing property, they’re trying to publicly identify that person as gay, lesbian, black, Hispanic, Jewish, whatever the bias may be against. They want everyone in the neighborhood to know what they see that person as being. When a hate crime involves arson, they’re usually trying to destroy evidence; whether it be DNA, footprints or blood spatter, there’s a purpose to trying to burn the home down and they make sure that the fire gets rolling (meaning they don’t just pour gasoline on the Formica in the kitchen and run away). Hate crimes rarely involve mutilation – that’s typically something that a jilted lover does when they’re killing the object of their affection, and it’s not usually superficial. It’s brutal.

If this were a genuine hate crime, any of these things could potentially have been done. All three together, and all very superficially? Extremely unlikely.

Today, it was announced that 33-year-old Charlie Rogers, formerly #33 for the Nebraska Cornhuskers women’s basketball team, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of false reporting to the police. Among the evidence police released were inconsistent statements from the victim, gloves (with Rogers’ own DNA inside them – she told investigators they were not hers and were left by the perps), zip ties and a utility knife, and no blood on the bedspread where Rogers was allegedly attacked.

At first, Rogers didn’t want her name or face publicized. Then, when a handful of people questioned whether the attack might have been staged – it was never questioned by the MSM, and the major players in the conservative blogosphere still haven’t picked up on it – she suddenly decided to talk to the press. In the entire interview, I didn’t hear her talk about herself once. She makes statements about “my world” and feeling like “a pawn”, but she largely only talks about everyone else.

According to Lincoln police chief Jim Peschong, Rogers had written the following online: “So maybe I’m too idealistic but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me.” Beth Rigatuso, the president of Heartland Pride, said, “If in fact she did do this to herself, it points to a much larger issue of self-hatred. It doesn’t diminish the fact that hate crimes happen all the time all across the U.S.”

Rigatuso is wrong on both counts. This had nothing to do with self-hatred, and to claim that kind of thing is an enormous cop-out. She’s making excuses for Rogers’ behavior in the hopes of not having to accept responsibility, and the gay community should take some. She’s not the first to stage a hate crime or falsely claim a hate crime took place, yet the gay community, rather than calling these people out, pretend the incidents didn’t happen.

Joseph Baken claimed that he was attacked in the street outside a gay bar, even posted photos of his facial injuries – except he got the injuries while trying to do a back flip off of a curb outside the bar. Aimee Whitchurch and Christel Conklin called police over the words “kill the gay” being spray painted on their garage door and a noose being hung on their front door, but it was determined they did it themselves. Quinn Matney claimed that a complete stranger walked up to him on his college campus, said “here is a taste of hell”, called him a derogatory name and then branded him, leaving third- and fourth-degree burns on his hand – but he did it to himself. Ryan Grant Watson claimed he was attacked by a black man who called him a homophobic slur, but it was invented, too. Alexandra Pennell claimed that someone was stuffing anti-gay threat letters under her dorm room door at Central Connecticut State University, but that was also determined to be a hoax.

Rigatuso is correct – hate crimes do happen. Only it seems that these days there are far more fakes out there. We all know the stories of Mathew Shepard, Brandon Teena and Gwen Araujo, but here in the United States those stories are few and far between. In the interim, we’ve just had a major upheaval over comments made by Chick-Fil-A CFO Dan Cathy – I think that has a lot to do with this recent spate of staged anti-gay hate crimes. The purpose of these incidents, I think, is twofold: first, these are people who want attention. Second, they want to find some way, any way, to prove that we need to put a stop to these right-wing hatemongers.

They think if they have to fake it, the ends justify the means. The problem with that belief is that none of the people involved in beating, raping and killing Mathew Shepard, Brandon Teena and Gwen Araujo ever claimed to be Christians or right-wingers.

I’m at a loss as to how we’ve determined that Christians and conservatives are responsible for crimes committed largely by non-religious rednecks. I’m at even more of a loss to excuse the intolerance of the gay left; of the Quinn Matney incident, Jeff DeLuca said, “He still needs our support. It’s a different kind of support than we originally anticipated having to offer. He’s still a valued member of our community and we want to make sure his health, safety and peace of mind are at the forefront of what we’re doing for him.”

When was the last time a gay leftist was so compassionate to any conservative, let alone a gay conservative?


12 thoughts on “Fake It

  1. This really makes me vomit! Why in the hell is this kind of thing going on in the Gay Community in general. The gay left needs to stop trying to get attention and stop complainning about not having equal rights.We already have equal rights.. it’s called The Constitution and being an American.. Period!

  2. Also i really think that we need to get rid of hate crime laws.. they just don’t work! Yes.. what happend to Mathew was wrong and unacceptable, but putting hate crime laws on the books isn’t going to stop it!

  3. Exactly. I see hate crime laws this way: you’re legislating against the way a person thinks, and that has never resulted in people changing their minds. That is something that liberals fail to understand. Tolerance is not acceptance; it’s agreeing to disagree and moving on with your life. Hate crimes laws put the lives of “protected” groups above the lives of others, and that’s not acceptable.

  4. One issue I have with hate crime legislation is that as the victim of hate crimes in the past, I’m white so nothing much came of it, the statutes are not equally applied. What is considered a hate crime is very biased. They are a legal form of social engineering which is by it’s very nature discriminates against one group to promote another. People need to see each other as true equals before we can curb the violations of basic human rights that these laws in theory protect. In function they make us different in the eyes of the law, they say “These people are more protected than those,” they say that the courts are a better judge of social standing than our peers. In many cases I’ve seen these laws and affirmative action sponsor more dissent than curb it for the newly marginalized classes. Either use them equally all around or strike them from the books. Is not a mugger picking a wealthy mark every bit as discriminating as the rich kids beating a bum for fun?

  5. Interesting you should ask that last question, Trevor…I used to be a juvenile corrections officer. I never once saw a black or Hispanic kid charged with a hate crime – not once, despite the fact that they regularly targeted white kids (Hispanics also targeted blacks and vice-versa) for severe beatings. One black kid viciously attacked a white kid right in front of me, screaming racist epithets the whole time. That boy was never charged with a hate crime. He did go straight to adult prison when he turned 18, but only for eight months. He was released and immediately reoffended (aggravated assault) and is back in prison now. His victim was a Hispanic man.

  6. I’m at a loss, now, as to your assumption that the majority of violent crimes against gays are by “non-religious rednecks”. As a prior corrections officer you should be aware that most violent crimes against gays are, in fact, committed by other gays, usually the partner or ex-partner. The violent crimes against gays worthy of Cable coverage, on the other hand, seem to have been committed by undereducated rural whites. If these are to whom you are referring as being “non-religious rednecks”, I need to point out that simply being undereducated, white and from the country doesn’t automatically make one a redneck or non-religious. So, unless there has been a rash of gays being viciously run down by drunken Atheist in NASCAR vehicles, your choice of words was poor.

  7. Actually, my choice of words was spot-on. Not all rednecks are NASCAR fans (and, believe me, not all NASCAR fans are rednecks). Rednecks can, however, be defined as exactly what you described: undereducated white rural-dwelling folks. Jeff Foxworthy defines being a redneck as “a glorious lack of sophistication”.

    Brandon Teena was murdered in rural Nebraska by John Lotter and Tom Nissen. Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and left lashed to a fence post – murdered – by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson in Laramie, Wyoming. Gwen Araujo was murdered in Newark, California, right across the bay from uber-liberal San Francisco by two white men and two Hispanics – two out of three were murdered by the very type that fall under the “redneck” category, and not a one of them ever claimed to be committing their crimes in the name of God (BTW, there’s a difference between saying that they haven’t claimed to be acting in the name of God and saying they’re atheists – now you’re putting words in my mouth).

    I’m not sure why you are so offended by my choice of words, but there was nothing incorrect about what I said.

  8. Um, dear, don’t worry, we gay conservative rednecks don’t offend easily. And since you seem to think Jeff Foxworthy is the ultimate authority on redneck, I suppose you must have heard him say “you might be a redneck if you’ve ever bashed a homosexual”?

    Jeff Foxworthy’s jokes are funny because they exaggerate a stereotype and are self-deprecating. You exaggerating that stereotype to include gay bashing is not funny, it is bigoted.

  9. Since you know little to nothing about me personally, I’ll resist the urge to get outrageously sarcastic with you. I will say, though, that you’re terrible at making assumptions and adding words that were never spoken.

    I’m a Texan. I also spent three years living in Alabama. My father is from Port Arthur, TX, and all of his side of the family still resides in SE Texas. I plan on going back as soon as I finish school. I have a pretty intimate knowledge of what a redneck is. When I quote Jeff Foxworthy, I’m trying to lighten the mood – I never said he was the ultimate authority on anything, but he’s not far from the mark, either. I’ve met rednecks who are wonderful people. Hell, I have them in my family. I’ve also known rednecks who were useless, mean and genuinely bigoted. I could say the same thing about Christians, Atheists, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, all kinds of people – it’s not bigoted to speak the truth. Just as there are groups of black people who are every bit as racist as they accuse us of being, there are groups of rednecks – undereducated white people who live in rural areas and refuse to give up on the beliefs they were raised on, particularly that gay people are disgusting and evil – who won’t claim any belief in God when they attack people who are different. If I were to visit the town I used to live in in Central Alabama now I’d likely need an escort. That doesn’t mean I don’t have friends there, it just means that there are people there who think I need to die.

    If you’re gay and conservative, nobody here is out to get you. There was absolutely nothing bigoted about what I said. I don’t get offended when people I work with call me a redneck because of my accent (I just tell them, “I don’t have an accent, ya’ll are the ones who talk funny!”). Don’t try to tell me you don’t offend easily and turn around and attack me. You’ve actually made it very clear that you were offended. The offense, however, did not come from my words, it came from your own narrow interpretation. I don’t kiss anyone’s ass. I’m not going to start with yours.

    This site is a space meant for all gay conservatives and our allies to have an open conversation free from personal attacks. You’re always welcome to comment, whether you agree or disagree. That said, I will not be called a bigot. I don’t allow Obama’s followers to get away with it and I’m not going to put up with it from my own, either. Take the chip off your shoulder.

  10. My last words on the matter: I didn’t think either post i made was an an attack on you. My first was first pointing out the truths that 1) the media picks the highest profile crimes to report on, and those that are committed against gay people with the highest interest are those committed by stereotypes 2) most crimes against gay people are committed by other gay people, and 3) there is little evedence to support your claim, other than biased media reports, that rednecks commit most violent crimes against gays. Your response to this first post was to ignore these and instead try to reason why I was wrong by citing a comedian and noting the locations where three crimes had occurred and the hometowns of a couple assailants, none of which proves anything, and then accuse me of being offended. My response to this wasn’t the most appropriate, i confess, but no less so than that which I was responding.
    Now, I don’t feel anyone is it to get me, but thanks for the reassurance. And I am not offended. I am bored, however, with this going-nowhere conversation. We will have to agree to disagree. I still do not feel blaming rednecks for the majority of crimes against gay people is appropriate without proof other than you know some rednecks, can cite Foxworthy and can list a few hometowns of high-profile assailants, but if that is proof enough for you, then so be it.

    I am not offended, I simply enjoy a good debate. If you care to brings facts to the table I’d be happy to continue, but debating opinions is pissing against the wind.

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