I'm surprised people aren't talking about this more. He's a white man, aren't you supposed to care?
Prominent Gay Rights Lawyer Dies After Setting Himself On Fire In New York Park
On the last day of his life, he reportedly emphasized environmental responsibility, stating in a note to the media, "Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves."
This is far from the first time someone has self-immolated for political protest. It's actually acceptable practice in Mahayana Buddhism and Hinduism which is why this story may bring up that image of the monk engulfed in flames while sitting calmly on the ground for some. There were also a number of self-immolation suicides just before the Arab Spring, and the suicides did help launch the political revolution of 2011.
This lawyer, by the way, was David S. Buckel. He was a great man and instrumental in cases that helped bring justice to LGBT+ people and help us take the rights we always deserved for ourselves.
Trigger warning for rape and murder for the following excerpt:
In one of his most noted cases, he represented the mother of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who had notified a Nebraska sheriff that he had been raped. The sheriff informed Teena's assailants who killed him in the days that followed. "It should not be the case that reporting a crime makes matters worse for you," Buckel told The Daily Nebraskan in 2001. Eventually the sheriff was found liable for failing to protect Teena and his brutal murder was dramatized in a film called Boys Don't Cry starring Hilary Swank.
This man is a hero. The fact that he felt it necessary to self-immolate because we're killing ourselves with fossil fuels should be a full-on slap in the face to every one of us. Yet pretty much nothing.
Are we afraid of what this means? Does the mainstream media not want us to see this?
I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of this kind of thing very soon.