Ever walk past a police station and say to yourself, well, at least I know I'm safe here? You just know that street criminals aren't going to be so stupid as to hassle you in front of the station. So you continue to walk on by with great confidence. After all, this isn't Russia.
Evidently we need to think again. This from takepart.com.
Islan Nettles was out in New York City with friends when a group of young men approached her, learned she was a transgender woman and began taunting and maliciously beating her—right in front of a police precinct in Harlem.
The fashion design student with delicate features was punched in the face, knocked to the ground and beaten until she lost consciousness on the night of August 16.
“They were called f****, they were called he-she’s, she males, things of that nature,” Nettles’ mother told a local newscast.
Islan Nettles, born Vaughn Nettles, fell into a coma she would never awake from. She died Thursday after being taken off of life support. She was only 21.
And this happened right in front of the police.
What's wrong with this picture? A lot. And maybe this will help someone down the road. Let's not stay a society of Kitty Genovese onlookers. Let's not just walk the other way. Let's support those who are being picked on or attacked -- it's not color, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation. It's people standing up for other people. I rather take a risk and save a life, than live with knowing I did nothing to help. I hope you feel the same way.