Apr 16, 2011

SOUTH CAROLINA MOB ATTACKS GAY TEEN: "Three came up from the gas pumps. Two came up toward the Laundromat. There were three or four already standing there. They all just came"


Joshua Esskew, 19 year old ¨out¨ Gay person
Esskew was hospitalized and treated for broken blood vessels on his right-eye, cuts on his head and bleeding on his brain.

¨Openly gay teen Joshua Esskew was attacked by a mob at a gas station in Rock Hill, South Carolina last week. The 19-year-old said that the attack started with an anti-gay slur in which he was the target. He was then hit in the head with a beer bottle by an assailant and attacked by several other people who came at him from all angles.¨ read it all, watch the videos  HERE

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3 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Lord, have mercy!

It's a wonder Joshua survived. When will the hate end?

Leonardo Ricardo said...

The horrible random violence of it all-- imagine if you were attacked because you are a mature white woman who some happened to think ¨different¨? It´s all the same, senselessness but you´ve probably felt sometimes vulnerability amongst people in everyday situations, not pretty... LGBTI have lived lifetimes of looking over our shoulders (mostly)...we are blessed to have survived ourselves and others...it´s a big deal when one is on the inside looking out and a bigger big deal to have friends like you.

The young man seems exceedingly well-adjusted to me-- must be Episcopalian...nifty fellow.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

On second thought, being ¨Episcopalian¨ in South Carolina is probably not what he is and probably wouldn´t guarantee emotonal or spiritual centeredness of that quality-- mostly likely Unitarian, Buddhist or MCC...I´d love to know for real...certainly a few Episcopalians in South Carolina are healthy and sane.