Since the end of February 2017, reportedly, Chechen authorities have arrested some 100 gay men. Those men have been, reportedly, beaten and tortured with electric shocks and glass bottles have been used as torture devices. Three men, reportedly, have died after being sent to secret prisons, described as concentration camps. As of last week, United States Ambassador Nikki Haley remains to be the highest official in the country’s government to speak out on these, alleged, hate crimes in Chechnya. The ambassador, at the urging of GLAAD released the following statement on April 17, 2017:
“We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses. We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation. When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict.”
And yet there has been no word from President Donald Trump to condemn these torturous acts of violence against humanity on his twitter handle regarding these horrible acts. Since Ambassador Haley released her statement on Monday, April 17th here are some of the items that the President has since tweeted about:
- 04/17/2017: A Retweet of His Approval Ratings
- 04/18/2017: Democrat Candidate Jon Ossoff
- 04/19/2017: The Super Bowl Champions Visiting The White House
- 04/20/2017: The Failing New York Times
- 04/21/2017: The Ridiculous Standard of the First 100 Days in Office
- 04/22/2017: Big Upcoming Rally in Pennsylvania
- 04/23/2017: Still Beat Hillary in Popular Vote
- 04/24/2017: ABC & NBC Fake News
- 04/25/2017: Fake Media
- 04/26/2017: Signed Another Executive Order
And while sure there were tweets that the President mentioned signing other things, I’m sure that will please the Republican Party and many of the voters in the country – the point remains…were are his properties. Reportedly, human lives are being taken at extremely violent ways across the world and this sitting President has nothing to say. And while there will be those who may say I am nitpicking and that the President can’t condemn every horrible action that occurs in the world – this is the same President who shamed Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep – if there was time to do that there is time to do this. This is after all the then-candidate who said he would be the best friend to LGBT ever in The White House!
But even more so, beyond the President of the United States, not using his power Twitter profile to condemn such hate, a sitting United States Senator from Wyoming told a group of middle school and high school students, this, after the Chechnya LGBT crisis was reported:
“We always say that in Wyoming you can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don’t push it in somebody’s face. I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it. That’s the way that he winds up with that kind of problem. I’d be interested in any solutions that you have for how we can make that work better. The biggest thing that we need is civility.”
The irony that Senator Mike Enzi would call for civility in the same the statement that claims a man who wears a tutu is asking to be beat it up. For those who may not understand what the big deal is and claim that he’s right – would it be okay for someone of his authority in The United States Senate to say that a woman…your mother…your daughter…your sister…your best friend deserved to be raped because she wore a low-cut blouse when she went to the bar!? FUCK NO!
I am horrified at the thought process that we are seeing in our society day after day. The levels of hate to which we are descending to is scary. I end with this, perhaps the next time someone wants to speak out against men being beaten up for who they are in this world…how they were born…that people think, “How would I feel if this were my son or my daughter?” And go a step beyond that, before you agree with them and cheer them on…perhaps you should think the same thing!
We should no longer ignore, nor should we want to ignore the crimes against humanity that are occurring. It’s time that we all rise above ourselves and learn what civility truly means.
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Until Next Time…