I just wanted to put this here because I like to discuss serious topics more with the members of this site rather than the whole forum. This is a thread is not only about this young tragedy but also about what this world has come to.
Lawrence King was a 15-year-old boy who was openly gay and frequently wore make up to school. He was teased constantly but had many supporters as well. When Lawrence asked another boy in his grade to be his valentine (the day before valentines day) the boy answered him with a clear shot to the back of the head. Lawrence was pronounced brain dead the next day. This video is Ellen DeGeneres speaking about the tragedy.
Now, I understand that it was the boys fault for killing Lawrence and he is paying the price, but this is worth nothing in the end. I feel it is futile to change anything, even in this day and age, even with Lawrence's death! Soon his death will be forgotten, only to show up in some news article when another child is murdered for their diversity. So many people are to blame for this child's death, it is appalling.
I know we have the very best people here, and we are a group of tolerance. I know that none of you could ever commit such a crime but at the same time, I believe that so many of us are to blame, I am even to blame. Because when I hear a gay joke, or a racist joke, I laugh, and it's hard to admit it, but do you? When a racist joke comes up or a bias joke is being told by your friend, do you tell them that it's really just not cool? That it is really just setting us backwards? That it leads to the same type of crimes as Lawrence's? I know I don't, but I have been trying, and that is all I ask of you. Just try your hardest to not say "Darn, this test is so gay!" Really? Is the test gay? The last time I checked the test wasn't staring at that hot guys ass. It takes the same amount of effort to say, "Darn, this test is so stupid."
I am not trying to make you guys change who you are, not in the least, I love every single one of you for your own individualities, but I am just asking you to stop using hate as jokes. To stop saying words like gay, and fag and queer in a joking manner, because even if you do not mean "This test is homosexual" your saying "this test is stupid" and the thing that you are really doing is saying homosexuals are stupid and worthless. And I am not stretching anything, it's a direct reflection of what we are linking our words to. I am just asking you to think before you speak, and the next time you want to say something is stupid, say it's stupid. Or the next time you hear a friend telling a bias or racist joke, say "hey man, that's really not cool" because all we are doing is giving a thumbs up to people just like that boy who killed Lawrence, even though we can't see it.
Again, I am not asking you to change yourself, just try and be the change.