Thank you once again to my friend Jen Lockett for inspiring me to write this article. The homophobic William Adam Lane attacked a lesbian couple outside of a bar in Bellingham, Washington early Sunday morning. Not only did he yell the typical homophobic epithets at the couple, but then he got quite aggressive and smashed the rear window the Toyota belonging to one of the women.
While I am a pacifist and not a proponent of any type of vigilantism, I was happy to learn that one of the women defended herself and threw the bigot William down and pinned him to the ground until the police arrived.
What I would like to know is when do we finally reach the point in American culture where violence is no longer acceptable–where homophobia is a thing of the past? Will the language of pacifism win out, or is violence the only language that creates change? My level of tolerance for a white heterosexual power structure grows ever weary.
*TSM has received many great nominations for both Bigot and Hero of the Year Awards–it is not too late to submit nominations.