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  •  Would you say the same thing... (5+ / 0-)

    to lump NYC in with upstate New York?

    Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky (metropolitan area is just under 1.5 million), and its culture differs markedly from that of the more rural areas of the state.

    The same holds true for Lexington, which is the second-largest city in the state (and much closer to Grant County).

    Please don't lump us all in that bucket.

    •  Stereotype, much? (1+ / 0-)
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      Louisville has had a Fairness Ordinance for so long no one even thinks about it. Major corporations have Diversity Weeks and support LGBT employee organizations. Same-sex partners are covered by benefits by both local businesses and local government. And the Baptist church I attend (and that my wife serves as associate pastor) just ordained an openly gay man.

      Last night a good-sized crowd gathered (with the girl and her family) near the place of attack to pray for the girl, her family, the attackers and their families, and for peace and acceptance for all people everywhere. The only response I've heard from anyone in town is shock, sadness, and a desire to see the perpetrators found and arrested.

      And BTW -- Lexington last year elected its first openly gay mayor.

      Before you assume that every single person in every red or Southern state is both ignorant and racist, you might want to learn a bit more about us.

      Bruce in Louisville
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      Follow me on Twitter: @brucewriter

      by bmaples on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 06:57:32 PM PDT

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    •  You are exactly right (0+ / 0-)

      NYC and upstate New York are two different worlds.  You are also right about not lumping folks in the same bucket.  The point is not where it occurred as the fact of what occurred here.  A hate crime and it doesn't just happen in Louisville.  

      Hate crimes are the problem here and personally I would not be lumping folks in the same lily pad.  If that were the case then one would be ready to bash my living space instead of maintaining their stance on fighting for the rights of frogs of a different color or persuasion.

      You cannot treat this occurrence like a flu outbreak as with the Center for Disease Control.  This is a hate crime, plain and simple. It's location matters not because these things are not discriminatory based on location. It is a crime of people against people or in my world, toad against toad.  Stay focused my friends and leave the geographic shit to the community so it may heal itself from this violent act. Ribit- I'm done.  

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