S.O.P.H.I.E – Stamp. Out. Prejudice. Hatred. And. Intolerance. Everywhere ♥
Yesterday (11.08.2011) was the fourth anniversary of the brutal attack on Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby in Bacup , Rossendale Lancashire – August 11th 2007. Unfortunately Sophie did not survive due to brutal injuries that ended up becoming a coma, she died thirteen days later. It’s believed they where jumped only because they where Goth’s, what ensued was a vicious, unprovoked hate crime which started with Robert being knocked unconscious by the thugs and as Sophie cradled him in her arms to try and protect him from the ongoing attack she was kicked in the head numerous times…
Kicked to death for dressing differently.
As a tribute to Sophie thousands of people wore black yesterday as they attended the Facebook event ‘In memory of Sophie Lancaster’ and this weekend thousands more will pay tribute at the Bloodstock festival at the Sophie Lancaster Stage.
Since her death Sophie’s family and friends have worked tirelessly to raise awareness and campaign for a change in UK Hate Crime legislation to be extended to include people from “alternative subcultures” or “Lifestyle and Dress”. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up to further the work of the charity nationally and internationally, educational work has been undertaken to stamp out ignorance and prejudice and a range of merchandise has been produced to raise funds to enable the charity to continue its excellent work. Fans and supporters regularly share their views on the Facebook and MySpace pages set up keep people updated with the work of the foundation.
I did not know Sophie but her death moved me to tears, and even now reading the wonderful tributes to her on the Facebook pages I cannot help but cry.
As I recently described in my post about Prejudice and Discrimination –
“Discrimination is the unfair or unequal treatment of individuals or groups, because of a ‘difference’. Discrimination occurs as a result of people acting on their prejudices, which they have developed as a result of the society in which they grew up. Prejudices are reinforced and enhanced by ignorance, society, the media and the government. Actions to reduce or elimination discrimination are to be favoured and fought for, but not at the expense of one group in favour of another as this then just continues the cycle of discrimination. As individuals we can educate ourselves to overcome our own ignorance and prejudices rather than believing the stereotyping and negative images that society, the media and the government throw at us daily. Unfortunately, though discrimination is unlikely to ever disappear completely, as soon as we defeat it for one group another slips into their place in this never ending cycle… 😦 “
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is working hard to ‘Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred And Intolerance Everywhere‘
As a society we still have so much to learn to reach the point where things like this NEVER occur again, but in the mean time each of us can play a part in helping to reach that point, stand up, be counted, stop name calling, learn TOLERANCE, HELP educate future generations (and your peers) by sharing the legacy of Sophie and others who have died needlessly at the hands of inhuman scum.
R.I.P Sophie Lancaster – Gone but not forgotten, we hope you would be proud of all that is being achieved in your name.
Stamp. Out. Prejudice. Hatred. And. Intolerance. Everywhere ♥
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