Killing of Matthew Shepherd Assignment
Respond to all questions with well-organized essays. Think of your responses as an argument that you are asking me to accept. You should be sure to support your claims with evidence in order to advance your argument. Your responses should be formatted with 12-point font and one-inch margins. Please provide a cover page for your examination that includes: (a) your name, (b) the identification of this document as “Examination 1 Hate Speech,” and (c) the numbers of the three questions you responded to in the examination.
1.Briefly describe the killing of Matthew Shepherd and the meaning of the event for the town of Laramie. Use the concepts of guilt, purification, perfection, and scapegoating to analyze the community of Laramie’s response to the Matthew Shepherd killing. Be sure to define each term and provide specific and concrete examples of comments, performances, and rituals that will illustrate the operations of the concepts mentioned above. How would you evaluate Laramie’s attempt to respond to this hate crime? If you deem their response lacking, what would you suggest they do differently.