Posted in C-Haze, Hate Crimes, News

Dharun Ravi Sentenced in Rutgers Case

Dharun Ravi learned his fate today. He has been sentenced to 30 days’ in jail, and 3 years probation. Ravi has to pay $10,000 that will be donated to an organization that assists victims of hate crimes, and perform 300 hours of community service.

The judge has opted not to recommend the man’s deportation to India, where he is a citizen.

Ravi had been looking at a potential 10 year sentence, but it seems the judge agreed with popular sentiment, and chose a much lighter punishment.

Dharun Ravi was an insensitive jerk when he spied on his roommate, but he is no hardened criminal.

I hope Tyler Clementi’s parents are able to find a measure of peace in the future, knowing they will forever miss their son. I am equally hopeful Mr. Ravi can move forward in earnest, and make a positive mark on the world.

Posted in Gay Rights, Hate Crimes, News

Lesbian Couple Charged with Staging Hate Crime

These are the kinds of actions that make human rights’ movements subject to the “one step forward, two steps back” experience:

It appears a lesbian couple has been charged with staging a hate crime, with themselves as the victims. Now, thanks to the actions of these two women, many will think twice before taking crimes against gay people seriously- or even believing they were committed at all. 

What motivates these people?