Now, looking at some of the other topics on this board at the moment: Impending military actions against Syria, Russia's current laws, etc. I'm sure one woman's death isn't as globally or politically significant. In fact, it doesn't fall under Politics or Religion (at least not directly), and I suppose its not terribly controversial. Someone was just murdered, and I'm sure no one but the most cold hearted bigots would argue that its a tragedy.
However, as a resident of New York State (but not the city) this just shocked me straight to the core. I'm not naive, I know I live in a world where equality is still being paid for by blood, inch by slow, slow inch. But for this to happen right in front of a police station is just unbelievable to me. I mean, if the NYPD literally can't protect a woman literally right outside their door, what does that say about the state of NYC law enforcement?
I mean, how could a woman be beaten to death without a single cop noticing and intervening? I'm not going to jump the gun and assume that NYPD either doesn't care about transgendered people, or is bad at their job or anything. I recognize that its entirely possible this was just a horrible, horrible tragedy, and that simply no one heard it, no one happened to pass by at the time it was occurring. But even if that's the case, it doesn't excuse, in my opinion, the fact that apparently, murderers aren't even thinking twice about committing a brutal crime RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE POLICE STATION. Perhaps you can argue they were simply idiots, but the fact that no one stopped them just really strikes me as horrifying. These people saw a woman right in front of a police station and figured they could beat her to death. Right in front of a police station. And they were right.
Now it remains to be seen if they'll get away with it, and I'm personally hoping for medieval style executions, BUT, I know that's realistically not going to happen, so I'll settle for them being tossed away for a good 25+ years.
But I suppose this should be a discussion, and not just me raging at the state of the world, and how horrible humanity can be some times. So here's the question I'd like to ask. Why do you think violent transphobia is still so common in our 'civilized' world? How do you think this happened right in front of a police station? What do you think we, as people, could do to stop this from happening again? Is humanity always going to be like this, or is there some hope for a brighter tomorrow? Will we see that day in our lifetimes?