In response to Sean Reed’s column about Obama and anti-gay singer McClurkin, I wonder about consistency.
If another candidate were dumb enough to include in their campaign, say, David Duke, one-time Grand Wizard of the KKK, would Reed tell the black community to “suck it up” as he told the gay community? I hope not.
It seems cartoonishly cruel to “remind” the gay community that people like McClurkin “do exist.”
We know they exist because of our friends who kill themselves when their parents throw them out of the house for not “fixing” the gay, as if they could.
We know they exist because they use the FDA to prevent us from donating blood.
We know they exist because they fight to exclude us from equal housing and employment laws.
We know they exist because they lie to the world about us being evil, diseased, confused and so on.
We know they exist because they use anti-gay bigotry to get elected.
We know they exist because they preach on our own campus that God hates us for who we are.
We know they exist because they won’t let us marry and then turn around and say that we seem incapable of stable relationships.
We know they exist, Mr. Reed, because people like you give them a free pass in the media to say whatever they want without the inconvenience of researching their claims or asking them tough questions.
The real question is, Mr. Reed, do you remember us?
senior, history major