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12 October 2006

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Zavi

Thanks for staying on top of this.

Tony R

If the family pulls the plug, does that mean charges are upgraded are not?

Quinton

If the family elects to remove Michael from the respirator, charges will probably cannot be upgraded manslaughter because he was alive at the time he was found. I think--and please soemoen corect me if I'm wrong--New York state has a "wrongful indifference to human life" law, but, you would have to prove that they didn't care if he lived or died. The problem is that the young man wa shit by a car, which probably hurt him the most.

Hate crimes with assault is a good charge that they can get a conviction on.

patrick s

This is just so awful, such a shame. And today is his birthday.

Dluv

Who has been reporting on this story less, the gay press or the black press?

Pieter

Rod, this is Pieter from Johannesburg. Once again, thanks for continuing to keep issues like this out in the open. It's such a sad state of affairs that these assaults continue even in America of all places.

Greg

"Black press"? What black press? Jet and EURweb? LOL, they don't care.

But fortunately the gay media have been all over this one. Even the white blogs. I doubt they would have noticed if Rod hadn't posted that first article, because this was not a front page story.

Henry TW

You can assume that the black press will ignore a gay bashing. However, the assailiants being white, some of the newsppaers may pick up on this one.

But it's ironic that the mainstream, white gay media will report thsi and even lilly-white blogs like Towleroad, but black gay weblogs have ignored it. Or came to it very late.

Dluv

I hate to sound like white folks, but where is Rev. Al Sharpton? Where are the other leaders in N.Y. who would be all over this if the sexuality component weren't there?

Brandon

Henry, don't even get me started with "black gay blogs."

A month or two ago Keith wrote a very good article on black gay blogs and the power of black bloggers, epecially after Lifebeat. He singled out the seveal other black gay blogs that are fairly prominent on the national scene (Jasmyne, Pam Spaulding, Terrence and Rod) and linked to a long list of blogs. I was kind of hoping that some bloggers would be motivated by that but the two bloggers actually complained about not being singled out or included. Most aren't doing anything besides gossip or posting shirtless phoros from Noah. Or, writing whatever Keith or Rod have already written about. It;'s just like black folks, w edon't want to step up.

Joe Jons

Brandon, I do remember Keith's post and it was well written and a call to action.

Unfortuantely, Terrence Heath and Pam Spaulding are hard working, but for the most part are black in color only. Both have white spouses and live in exclusively white worlds. They only write about black issues to complain about this or that politician or reverend. Especially tTerrence, for someone who is not a Christian and doesn't live in a black community or with a black person, he is obsessed with the black church and gay men. IMHO.

jared

i for one am grateful for the bloggers like rod and keith for posting about this crime and other issues that face black gay men and women. the other bloggers mentioned i've never heard of, so no comment there. that said, this vicious beating needs to be in the black mainstream press as well, but, its now 4 days later and i don't seem to have been across anything, so, again, black and gay still the bottom of the rung no matter how one looks at it.

Brandon

Jared, you make a very good point.

Earl FF

I, for one, am very happy the wider gay community reported this story, even if they were a few days late.

Brandon and Joe, why even waste time reading Republic of T? It's all reaction and pre-occupation with religion, black pastors and gay marriage. It's like Queer as Folk and the Sharon Gless PFLAG mom is writing. It's okay reading if you have that wannabe-colorblind mentality, but then he gets pre-occupied with racism. Duh. Why marry a white guy and live in the white suburbs?

Rod and Keith have two very diff perspectives, which is appealing. Boykin is much more activist and incendiary and Rod is a journalist type. Between the two of them, they keep us informed.

FYI, Republic of T hasn't mentioned this story. But I bet if it were a white boy gay bashed by blacks he wuld mention it, or, even if the brother had been beat by other black men. This scenario....a black beat by whites...just does not compute for him.

afrobella

I'm from Trinidad too, which is surprisingly liberal and welcoming for a Caribbean island. This doesn't seem to have made it to our national media yet. I sincerely hope it does, this level of homophobia is disturbing beyond belief.

IbouDiop

Could this incident be yet another call to consciousness of "clear and present" danger online chat/hook-up services pose? Have you ever noticed that most internet profiles are vastly more interesting than the actual individuals who create them? Is a casual hook-up with some Internet whore worth risking your life? Does anybody remember Jeffrey Dahmer? Brothers, waaaaaaakee uuuuuuuuppp!!!!

Colin

The Trinidad Express has written two frank stories on Sandy's attack, without most of the usual innuendo that accompanies gay-related stories. Boykin links to one of them and they'll pop up in the top hits on Google News. Calypso Rose is from Trinidad's sister island Tobago.

brandon

Colin, the boy is being taken off the respirator and you come on YESTERDAY'S post to correct his facts. Tsk, tsk.

Sweetness, sorry to upet your bubble, but Rod had this story first, Keith and the others came a day or two later. If Sandy's aunt is from "Trinidad" and not neighboring Tobago--even though they are part of the same nation--that angle was also reported here first.

Much bigger events are happening besides minor geographical errors.

Gay Is Beautiful

Those scum bastards should be put to death for what they did to Sandy and whoever else they've have hurt.....and their should be tougher laws against these gay bashing. And especially for those pieces of their mothers shit that did this to Sandy.....But, if his family decides to pull the plug, its thier choice and let him rest in peace. But should fight for tougher laws for what happen to thier son and anyone else.

Jamall Knight

I havejust gotten on this website, and something abt some people on here just didnt seem right. Inever knew what it was nitli read ur blog/site..thanks.ur kid didnt die in vain. i believe u saved MY life. if theres anythin i can do.,,hit me up please...cityking08@aol.com, these dudes were/are really creepy.I nay have run into ur suspect, but thanks to u-all i gotta better perspective abt this site...again thanx soooomuch. I live because of y'all....KING2008

james

hi

KENNETH

I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THIS. THIS IS SUCH A TRAGIC, AND HORRIFIC THING TO HAPPEN TO MR. SANDY OR ANY OTHER PERSON... HOPE THE THUGS GET LIFE AND MORE...MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THIS FAMILY...WE ALL MUST PUT A END TO HATE!!!!!KENNETH

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