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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Overhyped news-fodder. Very little violence against gays for being gay in the news here. None locally for quite some time.
    Let us not though, dismiss any attacks as un-newsworthy.

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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    Regardless if its true or not, its still a good reason why to carry.
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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Let us not though, dismiss any attacks as un-newsworthy.

    "An injustice anywhere, is an injustice everywhere".
    True, but there's only 22 minutes in the average American newscast and only so much space on the front page of a newspaper.

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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Probably related to the fact that sex (or as close as they're allowed to get on national TV) sells, and hot/pretty white girls are, likely, attractive (not to say, sexually attractive/sexy), thus drawing more viewers to their station.

    Or so goes my guess at what the theory is, in my cynical mind.
    It isn't just "pretty hot white" girls. There are more missing white children, male and female, featured than any other race. Why is that?
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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    Quote Originally Posted by Dulcinea View Post
    It isn't just "pretty hot white" girls. There are more missing white children, male and female, featured than any other race. Why is that?
    There are?

    I must admit, I haven't watched TV news of any form in several years.

    Can you show me a story or study on this phenomenon?

    It could be that, due to white-skinned persons being the majority, a larger number of white-skinned persons are kidnapped/whatever, and thus a larger number of white-skinned persons are showing up in the news in such a way.
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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    Driving back on-topic, are there any actual studies that track anti-homosexual violence? It would be interesting to see what the media impression of the violence is compared to the actual amount of violence.
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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    I worked in a mid-size police department. They tracked anti-gay violence for a year at the request of the local GLBT community. Something like 90% of the violence was gay on gay. Domestic violence cases, not anti-gay assaults.

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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    When a pretty white girl goes missing, the news cannot talk about anything else for weeks on end. Ugly/old/minority/male? Maybe you get a one-line mention on your local news station. Maybe.
    Ah, okay. Yes, that does happen. I think here we'd refer to that as the Madeleine Effect, after the Madeleine McCann case.
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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    I am "shaken" by how lame the title of that article is.

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    Re: US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    When a pretty white girl goes missing, the news cannot talk about anything else for weeks on end. Ugly/old/minority/male? Maybe you get a one-line mention on your local news station. Maybe.
    This is something I've actually seen. I live in a neighborhood with a high population of blacks, Armenians, and Latinos. When someone goes missing around here, there's very little ever said about it. I'd chalk it up to this being a "bad" part of town but it really isnt.

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    I think that this is the opposite, more of a matter of gays being more accepted in society, and any bigotry against them becoming more and more unacceptable, and therefore noticeable.
    I think this is probably more the case than anything else. We notice it more because we pay attention to it and we are more open to it when people report it.
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