18-year old Cody Rogers is taking a stand against hate crimes after he was beaten unconscious at a party. The Tulsa, Oklahoma teen says he was attacked after a group of his male peers were heard using homophobic slurs, and asked to leave.
Cody could hear the homophobic slurs from another room, and when those boyfriends were asked to leave the apartment, one refused. That person attacked Cody’s friend, a 21 year-old girl.
“I stepped in and they threw me to the ground, obviously, I’m a little beat up,” Cody said.
As he was on the ground, the two teens attacking him kept shouting the slurs. His friends were shocked to see it all unfold.
… It’s classified as simple assault,” Cody said of the case.
His friend Jordan thinks it should be classified as more, “I believe 100 percent that this was a hate crime.”
Currently, sexual orientation is not protected under Oklahoma hate crime laws, which include race, religion, national origin, and disability.
Cody has created a Facebook page to promote awareness, and help better Tulsa as a community. I want to give him major props for his bravery; my heart goes out to him during this time.
How many cases like this do we need to see before more legislation occurs? How should hate crimes in the United States be classified? How should we make these types of decisions?