I am going to be completely honest and tell you that I literrally have tears streaming down my face as I write this. The video below is the most horrific displays of humanity I have every witnessed in my life. I wasn’t sure if I should even post this, as some may feel that it is sensationalizing or exploiting the crime. On the flip side, I feel that this is bigger than that. I strongly do believe that we must not be blind and ignore what is going on in other parts of the world – as terrifying and disturbing as they may be. I was literally borderline trembling as I watched it, not sure if I was about to throw up or tearing up.
A man in what is believed to be Uganda (others have claimed Nigeria) was attacked and killed by an angry mob in the middle of the street. There are not many facts available about the video (not even his name). What seems to be most consistent fact is that he is gay. Some are saying he stole something, but that is neither here nor there. No one deserves this. At the beginning of the video below, the man is already covered in blood. It gets far worse from there. The crowd start to kick him, throw things on him, pour fuel on him, set him on fire, beat him with a crate and other pieces of wood, thanks lastly, burn him to death. These people are EVIL savages!
This is yet another wake up call to the tragedies that other gays in the world witness and experience first hand. If I wasn’t thankful enough on this Thanksgiving Day, I’m even more thankful that I live in Canada…but alas my heart is broken for this poor man. After having watched it, the only thing I can say to myself is that he’s gone to a better place and doesn’t have to suffer anymore. I just don’t understand how these people can do something like this. The video is not for the faint of heart, but it is for those who want to know what’s really going on out there…what must be stopped immediately! Some of you may say, “Why did you post this!?” Well, I don’t believe something like this should be swept under the rug and forgotten about. The more people that are aware about what is going on, the more likely something will be done about it.
Although some areas of Africa are known to be pretty volatile, this could happen anywhere. This really hit close to home because yesterday, a loyal Homorazzi reader and friend was gay bashed here in Vancouver late Saturday night. I woke up in the morning to find a message from him in my Facebook inbox because he wasn’t sure who to talk to about what happened. I’m glad he felt like he could talk to me – especially considering the police advised him not to pursue hate crime charges as “the consequences for our community would be worse than what would happen if he charged him”. Are you KIDDING me? I advised him the opposite and put him in contact with a couple people I thought could help and support him through this.
So reiterating my point, this is the world we are living in and we need to be painfully aware of it in order for it to change.