Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waterloo, Iowa Human Rights Commission holds 'Community Conversation' after beating death of Marcellus Andrews


The Waterloo Courier covered the meeting.
His sister, Nichella Andrews, 22, supports the police in ruling out a hate crime. Witnesses' accounts of what allegedly happened have been blown out of proportion, she said. A cousin, Renicia Haywood, 18, noted that a person who displays perceived feminine actions is not necessarily gay.
     "They didn't come to beat him up because he was gay," Haywood said. "There's more to the story."
     "Gay or not, perceived as gay still ends up being a hate crime under those conditions," said Jim Day, vice president of the Black Hawk County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "Perception of gay and being gay still both qualify."

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