Persuasive Speech

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It was October 6, 1998 when he was lured from the bar that cold, fateful night. His skull was smashed with a pistol butt as he was lashed to a fence, left for dead in near freezing temperatures. Nearly eighteen hours later he was found by passersby and taken to a hospital where we remained in a coma for several days until slowly slipping away. At his funeral, picketers carried signs saying, "God Hates Fags" and *Fags Deserve to Die." Matthew Sheppard is one of the thousands of victims who have suffered from the form of violence known as hate crimes. Someone commits a hate crime every hour. In the most recent data collection, 1999, a reported 7, 876 hate crimes were committed. This is a national crisis that we cannot allow to…show more content…
And quite frankly, I just thought to myself, 'If I shut these places[parks where gay men met each other] down, my temptation to do that would be less." Jay, stating he has gay preferences, was conflicted about his sexual orientation. He felt the church around him labeled his desires immoral and worthy of death. He felt it was a constructive worthy thing to do. Jay succeeded in killing two gay men and wounding one before being arrested. In a society where we constantly allow the degradation of certain groups, supported by the numerous hate groups and a fear of being different~ this problem grows. Now that we have discussed the problem and certain causes, we "I discuss steps that each of us can take to help solve it. Although we cannot remove hate from society we can help this problem by making others aware of just how serious it is, teaching tolerance to children, and finally pushing for passage of extending the current federal law concerning hate crimes. A January 10, 2001 article of The New York Times titled Against Hate Crimes, speaks of one networks social initiative, "MTV will pre-empt all of it's regular programming for 17 hours starting tonight ... as it scrolls the names of victims of hate crimes, and the stories behind the crimes." MTV ran commercial-free for these 17 _ hours, costing an estimated 2 million dollars. It is campaigns like these, which will give a

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