Satender Singh was having a picnic with some friends celebrating a promotion in his job. Days later he was pronounced dead because of a vicious attack on him because of his racial and sexual identity.
The tragic and sad event is a sickening commentary on how far we still have yet to go in the fight against hate crimes and in embracing diversity.
My thoughts go out to his family and friends and for those whose lives were enriched because of him.
While I feel immense sadness at the death of Satender Singh, I can’t also help but feel angry and jaded.
When people like Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness get quoted as saying “there is a strong probability” that the assault was a hate crime I’m appalled.
A strong possibility?
While there is still news that is coming out and the killers have yet to be caught there is enough information – witnesses have said the killers were shouting racists and homophobic comments previously in the day leading up to the killing.
A strong possibility that this was a hate crime?
What the fuck needs to happen for this to be fucking classified as a godamn fucking hate crime? Do people need to leave notes that say “I killed this person because….”?
What more fucking proof do you need?
THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH SUBTLE RACISM. IT ALLOWS BULLSHIT LIKE THAT TO SEEP IN.
Go and write to Sheriff McGinness and tell him he needs to rethink his review either through the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department website or at:
2006 Sacramento Sheriff’s Department
711 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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