Bringing you news from the Left today.
Carleton was a shop owner in California, who hung a rainbow flag out front of her store. Up until a couple of days ago, no one knew who she was. She was just a little shop owner. She liked rainbows, was LGBT positive, and had nine kids of her own. No one seemed to dislike her. Until a few days prior to her shooting, when a douche-canoe named Travis ripped down her flag and said some rather hateful things. When she put up a new one, he came back and shot her.
At this point, there isn’t anymore to the narrative. The official reason for the shooting was “anti-LGBT hate crime.” Near as I can tell from the reading I’ve done, there was no specific beef between Travis and Carleton, beyond her love of everyone. He posted a lot of off-color stuff, rather hateful, on his social media. Beyond the usual Right commentary on abortion being bad, he also talked a lot about how sinful and war-mongering someone was if they were pro-abortion or pro-LGBT.
On Aug 18th, Lauri Carleton was shot dead at her California shop. The only thing the media has told us is that it was likely due to her rainbow Pride flag, which has hung in her shop window for several years. This year, though, it had been torn down several times. She’s not the only one, just the most recent.
While I don’t believe “hate crimes” deserve any special notice over other crimes, I do know they exist. Crimes committed simply because of the hatred of the person performing them are, to me at least, especially heinous. When the only reason behind a crime is the color of someone’s skin, the way they style their hair, the bumper sticker on their car, then we have a problem. That problem extends down both sides of the aisle, pretty much equally.
But Hagar, you say, the Right doesn’t condone these actions, and these lone nuts just do their thing and the media paints them as Right leaning. Don’t feel alone; the Left doesn’t condone the actions of people who attack others, either. It’s always a few nuts that roll out of the packet, and the media paints them in whatever way is going to sell the most newspapers.
I am standing up against this hate. Why? Because it’s wrong. Someone hanging a flag outside their store has very politely pointed out that they are pro-LGB. If you dislike that, you now have a clear marker that tells you to avoid that store. Someone saying they will not cater to gay weddings has done the same. Both are allowed, and both can be avoided if one feels the need.
What does not need to happen is tearing down those signs or flags, and defecating on them.
If you want to buy a flag, then burn it, that’s your prerogative. Feel free. That’s none of my business, beyond my noting that I probably don’t like you and shouldn’t hang around with you. It’s a protest, it’s permitted, and it’s a douchey thing to do. But it’s legal, and protected. Have at.
Do not, however, go onto someone’s property (be it business or private) and take down a decoration, destroy it, then desecrate it. That’s the opposite of buying it yourself. It’s theft, it’s assault. It may border on battery.
Standing on the sidewalk outside a store that’s doing nothing more than hanging a flag (American, Gadsden, rainbow, whatever) and screaming threatening invective, slurs, and hatred, that’s wrong. I’m not sure it’s legal, to be honest, but even if it is, it’s nasty. I wouldn’t want it outside my home or business, and I wouldn’t want it outside someone else’s either. I don’t care what they believe.
When people on the Left and the Right stay silent over actions like this, over burning American flags, Gadsden flags, rainbow flags, over threats of violence and disruption of business, they are tacitly telling their friends and family that it’s okay. They are saying that they won’t step in, that perhaps they’re even supporting such actions. Certainly in the minds of the few twisted individuals who break and murder innocent people, that silence is interpreted as support.
Stand up against this kind of (expletive erased). I don’t care who does it. I don’t even care what their reason is. Stand up against it, and stop it from happening. I don’t want the next flag owner who is shot to be you, or me, or someone I know and love.
Angry and frustrated,