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Griffith delivered a devastating 17 punches in five seconds.
OF course Paret’s comment ..maricon.. had everthing to do with the pummeling he took. But 17 hits to the head?!?? Part of me says he deserved it, although I feel terrible about writing that.
I am no where near a professional boxer but the hardest I have ever hit someone was because he called me a faggot in a crowded R.O.T.C. class. I hit my classmate until someone pulled me off of him. I was in the closet, more afraid of myself than anyone else. Some words have more power over us than they should. At the time I just wanted him to feel my life time of pain. The day after the kid had a huge black eye and I began to feel like crap. He took the beating for every other person who had ever called me gay. Word got around and I mostly left alone for the rest of high school.
@Scribe38: No reason to feel like crap.I am sure that example shut the mouths of many who had witnessed or heard about it. Words can be
wielded like lethal weapons,and you rightfully defended yourself.Props to you!
Maybe Paret didn’t deserve to die but it is a good example for others to think before talking that kind of shit
Now, if only we could all legally kill asshats like Paret…..
Very sad to hear Emile Griffith has passed, and the death of Paret was a tragedy as well.
@Dr. Dick: Harsh.
@Kangol: Well said.
Don’t mess with masculine gays….they’ll bring it!!
While I am thankful that you used the correct word “bisexual” in your headline, I find your disrespect for Griffith’s right to define himself, even in his obituary, very sad. To say, “While we will never know the whole truth” after you quote his own words that say he loves men and women is incredibly biphobic.
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