A Young Ghanaian Beaten to Near Death Because He Was Alleged to Be Gay | We’ve Become A Generation of Savages

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Kinto beaten
Kinto beaten

Of course we are a generation of savages and we’ve forgotten so soon our place on the chain of abuse—how as a race we were nearly ‘exterminated’ by those who regarded as inferior…

We call ourselves Christians and Muslims but we act far less the titles we bestow on ourselves—another reason why some of us do not even want to belong to such a tainted gang of people.

A young man (photo above) was lynched to his near death in Legon, Accra—and his crime is; he was suspected to be gay.  Even if he was truly gay; what is anyone’s business in beating this man this way?

And trust me, most of those who threw punches and their legs at him probably went to church on Sunday or the Mosque on Friday—Ghana is a religious country and yet, most of the citizens act less religious and human-like.

This brings to mind an article I wrote a few months ago titled; The Irony of the Oppressed Also Being the Oppressor’ | Black People Must RE-THINK!

If you did not read it; read it all below—and if you did, RE-READ it!

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Rethink
Rethink

At Primary School and College, I came across the biological phenomenon of ‘Food Chain’ where one animal’s survival in terms of food is the other, and the former is somehow the food for another—this chain can go on for fairly sometimes.

With extensive knowledge on Human Rights and as a growing Human Rights activist, I recently pulled myself together to consider the intolerance nature of some Black people, especially Africans and how we seek not to regard the human rights of certain minorities—because we find the actions of these people religiously or morally corrupt. And that was when this hit my nerve, “the irony in the oppressed, somewhat being the oppressor”.

Throughout history, Black people have been subjected to different layers and eras of abuse, with their human rights being disregarded in most instances, some for as long as 245 years—and I am talking about slavery.

Even today, Black people including Africans are at the end of discrimination, racism and all sort of unfavourable treatments. Women in general continue to be oppressed in many societies. A woman I respect a lot once told me “Chris, being Black may be hard but being a Black African woman is harder”.

From the day the Second World War ended and even before that, various Human Right Laws have been put in place to protect human beings from other human beings—-very absurd but necessary.

I am a strong sceptic of the “State of Nature” theory of Thomas Hobbes and the many other legal philosophers who tow Hobbes’ line that, human beings are naturally brutish and left to our own without any form of “Social Contract”; we will probably kill each other. But the intolerance nature of some people, especially Black Africans somewhat confirms Hobbes may have a point.

Under the current UN Human Rights jurisdiction, Black people fall under “protected characteristics”. It is a violation of our Human Rights and Human Dignity to be subjected to slavery, to be discriminated against by virtue of our race, to be oppressed or treated in any lesser way as a result of our origin, ethnicity, religion or disability.

We shout and scream-Human Rights anytime we feel our rights are being infringed on—-but we forget that, with a right comes a corresponding duty.

As Black People (Ghanaians) protected by Human Rights Law, we are also under a duty to respect the rights of other people protected by the same Human Rights Law, without citing religious and moral justifications. The tension between Law and Morality is a whole discipline on its own and I do not want to go into that—at least not for today.[sociallocker]

In my little corner, as much as I have a strong revulsion for religion and its position on the human calendar, I advocate for and will forever defend people’s right to religion—but then, same people I fight for their right to having religion or manifestation of their religion, will never accept or defend my right to criticize religion.

Black people in many cases fall within “a protected group” whose Human Rights must be respected by all, but we continue to disrespect the Human Rights of others, on the grounds that, these Human Rights conflict with our moral or religious stances. Forgetting that, some people may actually be able to disregard our Human Rights on their own moral or religious grounds too. Where will this leave us then?

In the same protected group of people that Black People fall within and so much cherish the rights accorded to us in there, we have homosexuals and disable persons. But when you look around Black People today, we treat the rights of these people (homosexuals and disable persons) disgustingly and many of us do not even recognise their rights.

I have heard many people under many instances say, Homosexuality is evil, it is against God, it is a sin and they will never respect the rights of people who engage in such acts. Such people take my mind to the little community in East Africa or even just in Northern Ghana, where being a disable is not from God, having a disable child is a sin or curse and as such all disable persons are treated with contempt—if not killed at infancy.

So the chain is pretty simple, Black People are protected and given human rights so that “white people” cannot discriminate or abuse us. We are potentially oppressed group in this regard. But then the same Black people (oppressed group) abuse or discriminate against other protected groups (disable persons and homosexuals). Women are protected from discrimination, and some women discriminate against other women, Black people, and homosexuals and disable persons. This is ridiculous but very true…

Why do we need laws to protect ourselves from each other, I once asked. And the answer is and remains, because we are evil and selfish people who only want things for ourselves—and not for others.

The next time you talk about Human Rights or seek to enforce the Rights you enjoy by virtue of being a human being at work, school or when on a frolic of your own, remember these rights are given to you and enforced by the law, not by religion or by morals.

Therefore, when the law has given another person a right too, it is a duty, in fact as someone who wants your rights to be respected, it is an unavoidable duty to recognise and respect the rights given to others by the same law.

The moment you start looking for justifications out of the legal perimeter (being moral, personal or religious justification), then remember you are opening the door for others to also disregard your rights by finding whatever justifications they can come out with—including the absurd justifications the KKK clan and the slave traders had for what they did to black people.

As an oppressed person that the law has been set forth to protect, you owe yourself a duty to uphold the law by not being an oppressor yourself; else you may find yourself becoming the food of another animal—a vicious food chain where there will always be someone on your head, ready to eat away your rights.

This is where the golden rule “Do unto others as you would want them do unto you” by Confucius, found in the Analects (500 BCE) comes to play. Of course, well plagiarised and stolen by religion (specifically Jesus Christ and the Bible- Matthew 7:12, the Hindu sacred literature- Mahabharata, bk. 5, ch. 49, v. 57, and the Buddhist sacred literature- Udanavargu, 5:18).[/sociallocker]


Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Founding Editor
Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer and he is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” He currently works at Adukus Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: [email protected]

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  1. I simply don’t get it. How does someone being gay affect your life to the point that you want to kill him?
    Dont gay people do their s.e.xual act behind closed doors just like those who are straight (heterosexual)?
    SMH!

  2. Gay people are people too but unfortunately, the world we live in will always have its share of prejudiced idiots. Those who hate gay people. Have got more secrets at least they not afraid to show it in public African has a problem and a long way to go

  3. I think people should be allowed to be attracted to who they want and love who they want its bullshit, to want to hurt someone over a feeling they have, and stop them from being who they truly are, would they prefer it if he got married had kids then came out then? I’m greatly disappointed in the Ghanaian public for this, I cant believe this country, Im moving there next year but my goodness this is just bullshit. everyone should be free to do what ever the hell they want! if it doesnt hurt anyone go do what u want!

  4. Chris
    You are talking about Africans here. Most are ignorant of what others had to do in order for them to walk freely in some of these places in the world. Take the US for example, without the struggles of the civil rights movement which was an extension of the women’s rights and the rights of minorities and also the antiwar movement, most of these ‘johnny just came’ Africans will be denied services at restaurants, groceries, malls, schools and even the neighbourhood they can live in. But do you think they appreciate what the blacks, gays and the antiwar movement did for them? No! They come and benefit from the opportunities created by these groups and then like the ungrateful fuckers that they are, point fingers at them as lazy, deviant and not deserving. That is why an African living in Georgia has more in common with the white Klansmen than the African American or the gay person. Africans are ignorant of the struggles that went ahead before them and refuse to learn anything about it. I have friends in Connecticut. Both are doctors. The irony is they are republicans and support George Bush. They believe the opportunity they got in the US was all because of their skills and knowledge. Because they are so called Christians they hate gays and the black americans. Sometimes I have to hold my tongue when we get into politics. Most Africans are oppressors in waiting. Take a look at the continent. Everything an african does is to put down his brother or sister so he/she can feel better about himself. An African just doesn’t buy a cellphone, a car or a house in Africa just for their utility. It is to show off and make the next guy feel inadequate.That is why the rights extended to the African stops at dead at them. They will never extend it to the other suffering minority. Beating someone to death because of his sexuality is nothing to an African. Because the gay is the other. Ignorance and lack of critical thinking is why they don’t see themselves as the other. The compassionate bit for the other is replaced with violent tendencies. The church which was the glue that brought those ‘others’ together because that is what Christ preached, is now the place for distancing yourself from the other according to the new gospel of ‘oyedepo, Duncan, otabil, obinim, kumchacha’ and the rest.

  5. Chris or whateva, I condemn what you have posted about what the bible says about killing of homosexuals. You should not read and base your argument only from a verse, but rather read the whole chapter where that verse is from, if you you will not have time to read all the chapter, just read 70% of the chapter….and understand what the bible is really talking about and to whom that verse you read was spoken to. Maybe you did not take your Sunday school studies well or do not study your bible well. Well, God’s message in that verse when you read the whole chapter where that verse is was SPOKEN, repeating again, was SPOKEN to the children of Isreal and NOT Christians. I will post a website so you can read more and understand perfectly, maybe others who wants to learn should also read.

    http://www.creationliberty.com/articles/homo.php

    Kindly click on that and read more.

    For what they did to the guy, it is not right, they should have allowed the law to handle this and not take the law in their hands.

    I just want you to know the way you condemned what the bible says about homosexuality and what you think of the Almighty God. He is the Omnipotent and Omnipresence, there is no other God apart from him. AMEN!