Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Please: Can We Stop Already?
I find it incredibly sad as a human being on this tiny planet of ours that so many of us show extreme intolerance and hatred for people of colour and people of other sexual orientations.
These views are inevitably passed on to the children in our care, who then turn around and start harassing classmates at school.
The child of 11 that you see above was the victim of endless, daily bullying and anti-gay taunts.
He chose the final way out. He killed himself. His 10 year old sister found him.
His family had moved to Atlanta only last year.
The suicide of Jaheem comes just after the death of 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, a sixth-grader in Springfield, Mass., who hanged himself after relentless antigay bullying.
I grieve these innocent children and their suffering families.
This rings very close to home for me as I have a nephew who was bullied and insulted with gay epithets every day of his school life.
I wrote a post a while back about 2 dear gay friends of mine who have become immune to the endless catcalling.
When on earth is it going to stop? When will sexual orientation and skin colour and gender be totally irrelevant to our lives?