I came across a strange article yesterday.
There is a pedestrian crossing in Derry that has been painted with rainbow colours. Now I would imagine that this is an illegal act as such things as pedestrian crossings are usually defined very precisely in law. For example the law would state that a crossing has to be indicated by alternate black and white rectangles of appropriate dimensions with the appropriate lighting on each pavement. They can be quite strict about these things, so I would imagine that rainbow stripes would in themselves be an illegal act.
I gather that this strange appropriation of the rainbow is supposed to be a “celebration of the LGBQXYZ+ community”? Does that community have a legal and exclusive right to those colours? Does it assume that the rest of us are a drab black, white and grey mob? If so I would class that as discrimination.
Anyhows, someone has dribbled some white paint across this crossing. Maybe they didn’t realise their tin of white paint was leaking as they crossed the road or maybe they were blessing the crossing with holy white paint. That shall remain a mystery.
What struck me though was the response to this little dribble of paint. Apparently it’s a Hate Crime. A fucking hate crime? Can paint hate?
What’s next? If I paint my house white is that a hate crime? Is it discrimination against the blacks in society? Is black and white print in a book an indication of hatred towards the gay community and an incitement to violence?
We live in a horribly strange world.