Give voice to the rational

Oct 272010
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Midland School District’s Vice President Clint McCance has flown off the hinges.

And now major media outlets have put the district, about two hours from Memphis, Tenn. and more than an hour from Little Rock, Ark., under the microscope of international news.

You see, McCance, in all of his boneheadedness and bigotry, posted on his personal Facebook page that he wished for those in the GLBT community to commit suicide.

According to CNN and The Advocate, a newspaper focusing on gay issues, McCance posted, “We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin,” in response to the “Spirit Day” campaign “aimed to foster recognition of bullying directed at gays …”

And the Arkansas Department of Education has condemned the anti-gay remarks. As do we.

But let’s look at the bigger issue at hand. The major media outlets have made a celebrity of this one idiot in a middle Arkansas. Stories like this shine a bright light on the few who can speak the loudest.

In reality, McCance is probably in a large minority. And when they speak up, we in the media should condemn them. But the media should also give a voice to the people in society who are not extreme.

It’s time to let readers, viewers and listeners hear the voice of the reasonable, not just those who shout the loudest.

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