Lo­cal hate crimes

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - OPINION -

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

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