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Unncessary Hate, Necessary Caring

Agnes Torres

In the rainy night of Sunday February 26, Trayvon Martin, 17, went to a grocery store in Sanford, Florida, United States.Upon returning home with candy and iced tea he had bought, Trayvon was shot. The murderer, George Zimmerman, did not flee. He said he killed the boy in "self defense" but there is a strong opinion regarding he shot Treyvon under stereotypes for being African-American .The Sanford Police believed him and released him. Since then, several witnesses appeared, made ​​public calls 911 and the news of the assassination provoked worldwide outrage.

Agnes Torres was a brilliant mexican psychologist, from the city of Puebla and an activist for the rights of LGBT people. Despite her distinguished career, the university had denied her the professional degree in psychology, for being a transsexual. On Friday 9 Saturday of 2012 some people saw her get into a car with a suitcase. On Monday 12, she was found dead, decapitated, naked, her body dumped on the side of the road called "Siglo 21".Juan Pablo Castro, a mexican politician said: "she deserved what happened to her".

Daniel Zamudio, was a young boy and lived in Santiago, Chile. He was beaten, on early March, until he lost consciousness.His attackers extinguished cigarettes on his body; They disfigured his face.They have beaten his stomach, face and body with a big stone time after time. They broke a vwine glass bottle in his head and then with a piece of glass, they cut one of his ear and marked 3 swasticas in his body. They forced his legs until the bones were broken .His cerebral death has been declared 2 days ago and doctor say his organs are too damaged even to be donated. Daniel Zamudio was gay and his attackers called themselves "Neo-Nazis".

Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi muslim women who had recently moved to San Diego from Michigan,in the United States was found in her home last week severely beaten. Alawadi died in the hospital on Saturday.Her attackers left a note next her body: "Go back to your country, you terrorist". Addressing the camera, the tearful daughter asked: “You took my mother away from me. You took my best friend away from me. Why? Why did you do it?”

In the death of Trayvon, Agnes, Daniel and Shaima, as in the death of any person in a hate crime anywhere in the world, the main people to blame on are, of course, the aggressors. But I also put the blame on the churchs and in any irrational preacher, scholar and leader of any faith that denies us equality; I put the blame on the political institutions that do not engage in the fight against discrimination and education on equality; I put the blame on the most politicians and dignitaries who now feel so sorry and have muchto say about violence but, each time they refuse to take a step towards full equality, they promote violence and normalize it. They are guilty and are hypocrites.

But also, I put the blame on every one of us. We belong to the same species, humankind, even when sometimes it's hard for me aceptting it. I put the blame on each one of us because those who do evil, are willing to do anything to carry it out, and those who do good, we fear,we have doubt and reservations about what might happen if we go further. Kindness, caring for others, whether we know them or not, have become extraordinary behaviors. Being an activist today is to be exposed to hatred and misunderstanding. Being involved in activities linked to community progress is a waste of time and defending human rights "a hopeless task." That's the mainstream opinion isn't it?

When a person's life began to be worth so little? When we forget our true essence: Freedon, Mercy, Dignity? We are living in times of self-fulfilling prophecy in which the bad guys are winning because the good do nothing, because we are too afraid to commit ourselves to the fate of others- what is our same fade- or are still very few. If we have an idea about what humankind is, it should be set around Honesty,Compassion, Sense of Justice. Everything else is accesory. What makes us equal is the fact we're different; we have been created unique, especial, with no chance of repeating. That wealth is a gift, should not be a source of discord and in no case of violence or crime. Hatred and violence are not necessary; caring for each other, even in the simplest way is essential for surviving.

If the idea of ​​humanity still worth it, we must take better care of it. And that means turn the idea into intention and the intention in action. It means acting consistently with what we think and stand up every day to defend what we say. Stopping hate crimes is our responsability here and now. Hatred is not an opinion, is a criminal behavior. Those who promote hatred, discrimination, subjugation of one part of humanity, are criminals. And they should be pointed, enlisted, targeted and denounced for it.

Behind every hate crime there are citizens who do not care. We give them space and opportunity for attacking Daniel, Treyvon, Shaima and Agnes and after we grieve. We see discrimination and hatred everyday and we can do something about it: And we have to care because if hate crimes are based on non-acceptance of difference, we are all potential victims.

We can take little or big actions, but the essential is we can take them: Action against violence and discrimination in every place and moment, not only for conmemoration days: In the line of the supermarket,in the school, in the workplace, in the restaurant: So let's start today to see in other an equal and transform the extraordinary actions for peace and inclusion in part of our routine as a daily basis. It is not only against the violence that we have to fight for, but especially against our daily comfort. The lack of concern and awareness about our common destiny as humankind is our most dangerous silent enemy and the best ally of the crimes of hate.

UPDATE: At the end of my day, Today 27.03.2012 at 20.39 Arg. Time I was informed that Daniel Zamudio die at 19.45 in Chile. The Project of Law to eliminate all kind discrimination in Chile, sleeps since 7 years ago in the records of Parliament. It sleeps, Like Daniel sleeps now. Rest in Peace Daniel and May God give consolation to your family.Thanks Haters, Thanks Neo-Nazis, Thank Parliamentarians...Today we have another reason stand up tough and brave, to continue fighting.

A Spanish version of this article was published in Web Islam:

Daniel Zamudio
Treyvon Martin
Shaima Alawadi



Abigail Fern's picture

Thank You for Writing This


Thank you so much for writing this very important story and for your call to action to protect and respect each other, since we are all interconnected. These stories are very sad but we must be aware of them in order to change.


nasreenamina's picture

Dear Abby thank you very much

Dear Abby

thank you very much for reading and commenting. "Be the change you want to see in the world" is something we have to take from the intention to the action, really make it live inside of us and in our behave as a daily basis. If violence has gone too far is because non violence is getting late. It's my impression

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Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks fro sharing and I

Thanks fro sharing and I agree we all are responsible.



nasreenamina's picture

You're very wellcome Nusrat.

You're very wellcome Nusrat. Thank for reading.

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megha's picture


I really don't know why people forget one simple thing,we are humans first.We become christian,Muslim,Hindu,black,white,negro or anything else afterwards.And once if people understand this, mostly problems will solve automatically.


nasreenamina's picture

We are all humans, exactly.

We are all humans, exactly. so simple to be and so easy to forget, sadly

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hasnat's picture

What is a women pulse

On 28th October 2006. Down town, Dhaka

At around noon, the paltan area was occupied by the oar and stick army. They started their chase on other group. The opposition, engaged in meeting there. They started to flee. But not all of them could sprint to safety and a few always stumbled to the ground. The fallen is immediately grabbed and taken inside the party bastion and beaten to meatballs.

At around 2.00 PM, The oar-men immediately chased and caught a Panjabiwala [man dressed in religious dress] and started beating him with wooden oars. For half an hour, the thrashing continued. As everybody thought he was dead, the man in white panjabi now smeared with blood unsteadily got up on his feet and staggered across the road. The oars fell in rhythm on his head and face, but he had vowed not to fall down again to certain death.

Finally, a policeman took the initiative to save the man. The cop grabbed his hands to steady him and quickly pulled him before the Paltan police box. The enraged policemen still attempted to hit the man whose half the skull was gone and who was bleeding profusely.

Then an bearded-man was carried through the crowd with his head and face drenched in blood. The man tried to keep his head high and was too dazed to know what he was doing. His head bobbed almost independent of his nervous system.

These are few pictures of a hater kill in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Killing was only to show boast of secularism. This is like honor killing. For the honor of so called secularism, islamist was being killed brutally. This has been started since 1969 in the city.

Smart feature the secularist group leaded by some ladies. They provoke this brutal killing. What is a women pulse then?

nasreenamina's picture

Hate has no gender. All of us

Hate has no gender. All of us are victim or victimaries and that's why we have to pay attention to ourselves and the others, for not becoming in wolves to each others

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olutosin's picture

SO SAD !!!!

Just very sad indeed....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


nasreenamina's picture

It's clear the time for our

It's clear the time for our Espiritual Revolution can't wait anymore.

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nilima's picture


Nasreen, your writing shows the darker part of the so called development world. People did fight for equality, they gave their lives, they raised their voice, but as you mentioned, its still exist there. It exist in us, you and me. Until and unless we don't respect other cultures, values, humanity or the class, it will continue, this is the frustrating fact. But with the voice like yours, voice like many of us against all of these discrimination, it can be displaced, removed from our society and world, it most be.

It takes courage, it takes compassion, it takes thoughtfulness to raise the issues like this and you did it, i SALUTE you for that!!

Keep on writing, strengthening your voice!!



nasreenamina's picture

Thank you my dear Nilima!

Thank you my dear Nilima! Your words are encouraging. I am very comminted for what some people call spiritual activism: Humankind must to learn new ways to interact to each other and that starts for changing our own patterns to understand our position in this world. To be the change we want to see we need to engage in spiritual activism. Laws alone won't stop violence, abuse, discrimination. What is good in each one of us will. If the soul doesn't change, no change is possible and sustanaible.

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nilima's picture

so true

my best wishes to you and all of us :)

Amy_Smith's picture

Thank you!

I have been very upset over the Trayvon Martin case. Thank you for giving it greater attention.

nasreenamina's picture

You're very welcome my dear.

You're very welcome my dear. Thanks for reading

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