Local hate crimes
It’s both upsetting and unsurprising to read “Hate crimes jump in state — majority in S.F. based on sexual orientation” (Nov. 14). As a gay man living in our diverse city, I had never felt unwelcome here. But in November 2016, my husband and I were shaken after being subjected to offensive slurs while walking on the very street where we live. Just because California is a “blue state” doesn’t mean that LGBTQ people and other minority groups are immune from hate crimes here.
The awful race-baiting and misogyny being promulgated by the administration in Washington, D.C., is now permeating to all parts of our country. To those who use inappropriate language to describe others in casual conversation, please remember something our tweeting president does not: Words matter.
Charles Carrington, San Francisco