Judy Shepard addresses “hoax” belief

Shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Matthew Shepard hate crimes legislation, Judy Shepard, mother of the victim, was interviewed by Rachel Maddow and  asked about the comments by North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx. In short, Foxx stated: “That young man [Matthew Shepard] was killed in a commitment of a robbery, not because he was gay … It is really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills [federal hate crimes legislation].” Judy Shepard responded calmly and took the comments in stride, but struck down Foxx’s apology stating that the representative merely apologized for semantics, not her actually statement.

On The Rachel Maddow Show, Judy Shepard explained that the federal hate crimes legislation that Congress is currently working on would give local authorities the ability to call in federal resources in the event of a hate crime, and federal authorities can step in if local authorities are not handling a hate crime in the appropriate manner due to local biases. 

Judy Shepard will be at the University of Cincinnati on May 5, at 7 p.m. in the Tangeman University Center Great Hall.

Judy Shepard’s appearance of The Rachel Maddow Show.

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2 thoughts on “Judy Shepard addresses “hoax” belief

  1. So why are people so upset that Rep. Foxx said Judy Shepard promoted a “hoax”? Answer: because it is not generally known that Judy Shepard does the same thing or rather she permits others to do so in her name. That is to say, people (on behalf of Judy Shepard) call some hate-crimes against others a “hoax” so that Judy Shepard can accept blood money from those people who commit such crimes.

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