Tyler Clementi vs. Daharun Ravi- Bullie Into Suicide... or Not?

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Ladina Tolbert
Comp. I- Tyler Clementi- First Draft
Anissa Raiford-Ford
11/20/2012
Bullied into Suicide… Or not?
This is a classic example of why it is so hard to have the right to choose sexual orientation in America. There is no excuse for Tyler being harassed about something as simple as who he was. Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, metro-sexual, whatever the preference, the choice was his own. Sadly, not all of the cases of the “who did what to whom” have the Cinderella ending everyone hopes for. Tyler Clementi fell short of that Cinderella ending and a lot further from the George Washington Bridge in New York.

Throughout time, Americans have been constantly encouraged to be just who they are and are protected through freedom of speech, non discrimination laws, and the right to make our own choices. Do those same rights not apply to individuality? What about our rights to privacy? When will the fact that being different is ok, finally sink in? The truth is, for some of us, it never will. Our westernized upbringings and ways of life simply will not allow some of us to see the bigger picture or even think outside the box.

Daharun Ravi was one of those people. He thought it was cool to make fun of people who did not grow up with the same values and wealth as he did. “I hate poor people,” he explains in an IM message to Jason Tam, late one evening. He went on to say, in that same conversation, “Fuck My Life/ He’s gay,” as if Tyler Clementi was there to ruin his life through his sexual orientation. I feel a sense of disgust reading those words knowing that they essentially drove Ravi to the immature and senseless acts of invasion of privacy and harassment that led a bright, young man to take his own life.

When I first read this story, I knew immediately that things could have gone a lot different for both parties had they took the time to get to know each other. As roommates in a dorm, the initial sense of privacy is very limited,...
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