You know how we talk a lot about how anti-gay wingnuts are being bred out of the population and will, within a couple of generations, be a mere stain in our nation’s history books? Here is a story of a current stain, named Walton Butler:
Walton Henry Butler, a 59-year-old white male, was arrested after he admitted shooting Everett Gant with a .22 rifle. Butler was charged with attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement.
Gant, an African-American, is in stable condition at Bay Medical Center.
According to the arresting affidavit, an incident occurred earlier in the day when a Pamela Rogers came to Butler’s apartment in the Pine Ridge Apartment complex on Garrison Avenue in Port St. Joe with a child in tow. Butler immediately used a racial slur to refer to the child.
Later on, this happened:
Rogers became upset and left Butler’s apartment and Gant went to Butler’s apartment to discuss the comments.
Upon arriving at the apartment, Butler shot Gant between the eyes and shut his sliding glass door, leaving Everett to bleed outside the door.
Butler called 911, finished cooking supper, sat down and began eating. Nugent arrived on the scene and contacted Butler by phone, at which time Butler told Nugent to come in, he was eating dinner and had put up the gun.
Nugent said Butler acted as if inconvenienced when put under arrest, saying he could not understand the problem as “he had only shot a (racial slur).”
It’s sad to say, but these are probably the stories that we’ll see in twenty years involving gay people. It won’t be people like Maggie Gallagher or Peter LaBarbera who do it. They’ll be too dejected and lonely, looking back on their wasted lives, to do anything like that. No, it’ll be those who share their worldviews whose names have never been in the newspaper, the ones who stew and bitch in their resentment until one day they put a bullet between some unsuspecting young gay person’s eyes.
Oh wait, that’s already happened before? My bad. I guess the Religious Right has gotten a head start on this one.
Discrimination and hate are just that: discrimination and hate. If you’re one of those who would parse the difference between racial hatred and anti-gay hatred, you’re not part of the problem; you’re the problem.
[h/t the General]