The Homosexual Hate Crimes In The Laramie Project By Moises Kaufman

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In The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Company, we read the story of a homosexual hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming told from many different perspectives. Though discriminatory crimes against homosexuals have largely decreased, discriminatory crimes in general do still exist. This includes crimes against certain races, genders, and religions. America has come a long way since the events in The Laramie Project but we still have a long way to go in terms of women’s health and discriminatory crimes. Religious voices play large roles in The Laramie Project. The voice that stands out the most is that of the Baptist Minister. His absence in the vigil says a lot about his view of Matthew Shepard’s lifestyle. He even says to Father Roger Schmit, “I warn you: You will be mocked! You will be ridiculed for the singularity of your faith!” (23). The Baptist Minister is, in a way, saying that because a majority don’t see Matthew’s death as …show more content…

Unlike Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, the man, Robert L. Dear Jr., pleaded guilty and felt no remorse. He was seen “repeatedly and loudly interrupting the proceedings, [saying] that Planned Parenthood kills babies and that ‘you’ll never know what I saw in the clinic, the atrocities,’” (North). A large difference in both events is the ability of leaders to speak out against violence. Unlike The Laramie Project, the Planned Parenthood attack involved a political leader, Ted Cruz, who exclaimed, “We don’t know what those motives were, but whatever they were, it’s unacceptable, and it’s horrific and wrong,” (Roth). Though Cruz has always been against Planned Parenthood, and abortion in general, as least he’s successful in acknowledging the fact that what happened was brutal and the choices of the victims didn’t justify the crime

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