The nation was rightly horrified when Christians in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, were gunned down. There was so much outrage that anything Confederate was considered to be an affront to civil rights. Flags were removed, names of Confederate Generals were expunged, and some even advocated digging up the bodies of confederate soldiers.
Let’s not forget the Matthew Shepard incident. Shepard “was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured and left to die . . . . Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were arrested shortly after the attack and charged with murder following Shepard's death. Significant media coverage was given to what role Shepard's sexual orientation played in the killing.”