Thanks to my nephew Tim Jung for inspiring me to write this article. Tim shared with me an article written by Dan Savage a couple of weeks ago. He was spot on with his observations of homophobia and how the media participate in institutionalized homophobia, but I will extend it to racism and sexism as well.
I grow so tired of people behaving in extraordinarily homophobic, racist, and or sexist ways and then absolving themselves of any culpability with the glib, “and some of my best friends are gay, or black.” Really? Really? I would love to meet the LGBT, and Black folk, and women who are supporting Tea Party extremists like Newt Gingrich or Rick (the P is silent) Santorum. How does one help create and maintain a platform of HATE by signing a pledge of discrimination and then say, “but some of my best friends are gay?”
As Dan Savage points out, I suspect these “friends” are quite imaginary! Why do we never see them or get to hear them being interviewed? I encourage you to please read Savage’s article.