Will we ever be safe? It seems doubtful.
~~ A Brooklyn teenager has been indicted on murder charges for fatally stabbing a man because he was gay, Kings County prosecutors said Thursday.
Willock and Duncanson passed each other on St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights, and Willock became enraged, accusing Duncanson of looking at him, prosecutors said in a written statement. Duncanson continued walking to a friend's house as Willock shouted anti-gay remarks. It's unclear how Willock knew Duncanson was gay, prosecutors told the New York Daily News.
On his way home, Duncanson again passed Willock, and Willock again berated him for his sexual orientation. Duncanson tried to walk away, but Willock came after him, first with his fists and then with a knife.
Paramedics found Duncanson on the sidewalk, stabbed four times; he died an hour later at Kings County Hospital. Memorial services were held May 20 at the New Haven Temple of Seventh-Day Adventists in Brooklyn.
Willock, charged with second-degree murder and second-degree murder as a hate crime, was being held without bail Friday. (Barbara Wilcox, The Advocate)
Another young life lost ... over nothing. Think about that as we celebrate PRIDE this year. Think about that as some of you spend it at one of the many fuck parties around town. Think about that on the next election day when some of you don't even bother to vote.
Hate crime legislation won't stop the violence, but it will put these assholes away, for a very long time. And in the meantime, we need to be visible in our communities, putting functional faces on homo lives. That's the only way people are going to learn that you just can't stab us for BEING.
As for 17 year old Omar Willock ... he'll soon regret his stupidity, while learning first hand about violence and pain ... and rape. I won't shed a tear.
Photo Credit ~~ Kenyon Farrow