New Cartoon: Asking for It
I said I was going to do a followup cartoon on the murder of Gwen Araujo, and here it is. I decided not to talk about the specifics of the trial, but more about the general societal bigotry and ignorance that allow these kind of hate crimes to happen so often. Murderers' lawyers wouldn't try to use the "transgender panic" (and "gay panic") defenses if they didn't know that they often worked--if not to get murderers off scott free, then at least to get mitigated sentences (like the second-degree murder convictions in the Gwen Araujo and Matthew Shephard cases). These defenses feed on the prejudices and bigotry of juries.
P.P.S. SPX wrap-up to come soon!