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  1. Kieran says

    I was a student at ISU back in the late 90’s/early 2000, and it’s sad to see things haven’t changed much since then. Back then, one of the students in our theater department, who actually identified as straight, was beaten up by some guys as he was going home from a party, because they thought his shirt “looked gay.”

  2. Marty says

    Hmm. How many layers are there to our cultural bigotry? If the beatdown was not cuz of the victim’s sexuality then it was for no reason. If eight gay guys beat a straigt guy down I’m sure we’d hear about it. If eight white guys beat down a single black guy we’d immediately have a national scandal with leading cheers from all the usual suspects.

  3. says

    “Class” , or perceptions of economic rank, are often triggers, too.

    Some may see it as ethnic; a closer look would may very well reveal it to be (socio)economic.

    Someone once said to me “if you’re walking alone on a street and see four guys walking toward you, are you going to be more afraid of they’re black or white?”

    my reply was simply: “well, what are they wearing”?

    I’m not scared of anyone wearing business suits, for example.

    Doesn’t matter what colour your skin is. Rethink perceptions.

  4. C.J. says

    Kieran – I was just about to write the same thing. That was one of my really close friends in college. He was beaten for wearing a silver shirt walking back to his dorm to meet his girlfriend that was coming in for the weekend.

    I, too, am an alumni of ISU and last October was down there for homecoming and my partner came with. We were outside of a bar (Pub II) and a guy came up to him, called him a fa**ot and head-butted him and threw him into the street just because my partner wouldn’t give him a lighter. ISU said nothing about this attack but the guy ended up serving a few days in jail and has 2 years probation and is not allowed to enter any bar in Bloomington/Normal.

    It is sad that 10 years later, the same idiots are still attacking people (whether they are gay or not) for no reason.

  5. C.J. says

    Kieran – I was just about to write the same thing. That was one of my really close friends in college. He was beaten for wearing a silver shirt walking back to his dorm to meet his girlfriend that was coming in for the weekend.

    I, too, am an alumni of ISU and last October was down there for homecoming and my partner came with. We were outside of a bar (Pub II) and a guy came up to him, called him a fa**ot and head-butted him and threw him into the street just because my partner wouldn’t give him a lighter. ISU said nothing about this attack but the guy ended up serving a few days in jail and has 2 years probation and is not allowed to enter any bar in Bloomington/Normal.

    It is sad that 10 years later, the same idiots are still attacking people (whether they are gay or not) for no reason.

  6. says

    Wow, I’m also an ISU alum and I don’t recall any anti-gay attacks while I was a student there. I remember organizing the vigil after Matthew Shepherd was killed and there was so much support for the gay community. We also started the yearly ISU Pride Drag Show while I was a student there. This doesn’t sound like the ISU I know and love at all!

  7. Polyboy says

    Good old reliable racists. Can’t just be sad that something like this happened to this poor kid, you have to pollute it with casual racism.

    How about this: Trayvon Martin has NO BEARING ON THIS INCIDENT.

    And you are an ass for trying to make it so.

  8. Francis says

    Nate, they do it to get their rocks off, they feed off instilling fear into others and causing calamity. Also to establish power. Both within their packs, to themselves, and to society, as well as to the group of the victim they are attacking.

    Example: inner city thugs (and they can be black, white, whatever, as Kiwi put it, this is much more about class than race) see a suburban looking, clean-cut, young guy, maybe a bit scrawny appearing. That alone makes you a target, regardless if you say or do anything to these thugs, because in their ignorant minds, you will look “gay” and therefore they will classify you as weak and easy target.

    If you want something to blame, blame the hyper-masculine, patriarchal society we live in. The fact most who commit hate crimes have previous criminal records, are poor and generally uneducated are factors too. If you have nothing to do, are desensitized to violence and have been conditioned to hate gay people, why not gay bash?

  9. Hollywood, CA says

    Dear Gays, Can we have some “street-smarts” please? Everyone is aware that gays are targets across America,it’s on TV all the time! So, you’re 1. Walking home late at night 2. Walking by yourself 3. Are surrounded by people who are not of your race (although, it doesn’t always matter) 4. And you’re gay? The correct response to getting your phone knocked out of your hand is to leave it and turn the other way and get to safety. Run to the nearest populated area, scream your head off, not give them a reason to beat you up. Asses the situation before you open your mouth, especially if you have never been in a fight in your life! Sorry this happened to this guy. And, even if you do all the right things, you could still get beaten up, so never walk alone if you can help it.

  10. Rick says

    @POLYBOY Really? So in the Martin case, we are to assume a racial motive, despite there being no evidence of any….but in this case, we are supposed to assume there is no such motive.

    And why is that?

    To comply with the PC rules of the Far Left, of course, in which all racist or homophobic acts committed by anyone with black skin is rationalized away, while acts in which anyone with black skin is a victim of an action by someone who is not black–even if there is no proof of a racial motive and even if the black victim was a homophobe–are supposed to prick our consciences.

    As I have said before, the Far Left and Far Right are mirror images of each other and are the biggest cause of this country’s discord.

  11. MarkUs says

    How about this: it’s one of the many police documented attacks across the nation by blacks who yell or say exactly that exact phrase and you refuse to acknowledge it. Those little scamps. This guy probably did deserve it. Being rude.

  12. Jay says

    George Zimmerman is recorded on the police call as referring to Trayvon as a “f***ing c**n”

    Apparently that doesn’t count as evidence of racism to the racists on this site.

  13. Rick says

    When I was caught performing oral sex on our (black) maid’s son when I was a teen, I told him to tell my parents that it was his idea because he was still a child, and an uneducated child of a maid, so he wouldn’t get in trouble. He refused to and I’ve hated black people ever since.

    Which is a shame, because black penises are the only things I could probably feel in my gaping bum. Because it gapes. And their penises are so big.

  14. ratbastard says

    Town/Gown. Townies dislike the college ‘kids’. And probably some class [and race] stuff going on also. Late night, alcohol, drigs, etc. doesn’t help,either.

    Thugs [I’ll just call them that, race doesn’t matter] pretty much think all ‘clean-cut’ college/yuppie guys are pu**ies and ‘gay’. And many ‘minority’ ghetto dudes think all white ‘boys’ are ‘f*ggots’ and ‘p*ssies’.

  15. MarkUs says

    Oh Jay, even CNN walked back that lame duck and the expert said he was saying “f-ing COLD”
    Now don’t you feel silly fermenting racial unrest by repeating he said c00n? Who says that since 1967 by the way.

  16. ratbastard says

    It’s been now proven Zimmerman said ‘It’s f*cking COLD’, not ‘c**n’. People at NBC lost their jobs because of this ‘misunderstanding’. And actually, it was cool and rainy that night.

  17. Jay says

    It was cool and rainy and Trayvon was black.

    And Zimmerman, seeing a black man, decided that Trayvon was guilty of something. So he murdered him. But it’s ok, because Zimmerman will be murdered himself if he doesn’t get jail time. And I, for one, won’t shed one tear.

  18. Mark Melton says

    I’m a graduate of ISU. Went there in the early ’80’s hoping to have a safe place to come out. The first night I was in the dorms, the guys on the floor headed out to throw rocks/yell epithets at the Gay People’s Union (GPU) across the street. What can I say? I still think it’s a horrible place.

  19. Jay says

    “f***ing coons”

    It sounds nothing like “cold”, and other racist commenters insist he says “punks”

    It sounds nothing like COLD or PUNKS. Because he says COONS.

  20. Polyboy says

    Oh Rick, you stupid son of a syphilitic cow, why don’t you just trot out that sock puppet chorus, because nothing you say actually lines up with reality and you need your sybils to have someone to agree with.

  21. MarkUs says

    Sorry, the audio expert on CNN said it was COLD. So did the CNN reporter! See, there have been falsely convicted in the media people who after the fact have collected a LOT of money down the road from crack pot media theories.

  22. Dan says

    This doesn’t surprise me one bit. I grew up and currently live in this sh^thole town and it’s always been anti-gay. I know stuff like this happens everywhere, but the smaller the town, the worse it is. If I had money to leave, I would.

  23. gomez says

    so is this the place where people pointing out the racism/homophobia in the black community are called racist again, so they will hopefully be cowered into shutting their non-pc mouths?

    cool, then.

    carry on.

  24. jack says

    Just some African American thugs wanting to beat up a “fag”. Face it homophobia is rampant in the African American community. I think many young fatherless black males don’t know how a real man should act, so they attack those they perceive as gay. Yes homophobia is everwhere, but if you don’t know that it is especially rampant in the African American community you are wearing blinders.

  25. jack says

    @Rick: IF you actually had sex with an underage child you should post your name and address on this site so we could report you to the police. It would be for your own good and for the safety of any children living in your neighborhood. But since it is more likely that you have never had sex with anyone, NEVERMIND!

  26. grego says

    this follows the brutal beating in Baltimore of a white fellow by a mob of black thugs, male and female. Non-law abiding people don’t fear getting caught or going to jail. Until we make our jails places to avoid, carry firepower sufficient to protect yourselves.

  27. David Hearn says

    Arm yourselves people, it’s not going to get better anytime soon. The blacks are being fed a steady diet a hate inside their community. It’s a culture of victimhood, imaginary victimhood. It’s absolutely essential to their political power that they maintain that the pure rot in the black community is the fault of those outside the black community. Only when black people stop putting up with crime and criminals will black people cease to be associated with criminality.

    Arm yourselves.

  28. Derrick from Philly says

    What happened to the young Mr Unger is terrible, and I hope he recovers completely.

    The comments are hilarious…as always. ARM YOURSELVES, WHITE GAYS! The N-words are coming!

    GOMEZ,

    you can say whatever the f.ck you want to. No one is stopping you.

    Yes, Black Gays deal with homphobia…violent homophobia in our communities everyday, BUT we’re still Black. We still share a common history with other Black Americans.

    We feel no more welcomed in most White Gay settings–many have left this blog for that reason. Some of us keep hanging on–responding to the anti-Black crap…but it does get boring after a while. But this is a predominately White Gay blog. You’re going to have anti-Black statements here.

    So, say what you want about us, GOMEZ. Just understand that when you insult Black people in general–Black Gays have an obligation to respond to such insults. Why the f.ck should we defer to you? What good would that do us?

    Contrary to what many of you seem to believe– Gay is not just White. You insult our race, we will insult you back.

  29. David Hearn says

    Derrick-

    “Black Gays deal with homphobia…violent homophobia in our communities everyday, BUT we’re still Black. We still share a common history with other Black Americans.

    We feel no more welcomed in most White Gay settings-”

    So in a comparison of who is most likely to do violence against you versus the one more likely to merely hurt your feelings, you side with your attacker?

    Fascinating.

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