February 15, 2007

It's Mishomony, and Allies Gotta Wait for the Acclaim

by PG

Despite the term's lack of literal accuracy, people who hate homosexuals continue to describe themselves as "homophobic."

One week after retired NBA player John Amaechi publically identified himself as gay, retired Heat guard Tim Hardaway said on a Miami radio show that he would not want to play with a gay man.
"You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known," Hardaway said Wednesday, according to a transcript on the Miami Herald Web site. "I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States." Hardaway was a guest on the show and was asked at the end of the interview how he would handle having a gay teammate.
I'm disappointed that Hardaway apologized, because you just don't hear from the open haters much anymore; even the religious conservatives who get on TV feel the need to couch their feelings as a desire to bring sinners to Jesus and vaginas. At least Hardaway didn't claim he was drunk, that his comment came from having been attacked by the group he now was attacking, or that he needed to go to homophobia rehab.
Amaechi also said he had not heard from a single former teammate or NBA player, but had been contacted by Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. He also urged heterosexual players to support the cause.
"It's hard to get straight guys to step up," he said. "When men stood by women during the suffrage movement, they were called progressive and bold. When whites stood by blacks, they were heroes. But a straight guy standing up for a gay guy faces discrimination, and that's a big part of the battle we're fighting."
Actually, when whites stood by blacks during the civil rights movement, some of them got murdered. The allies of minorities struggling for equality don't get beat up quite as badly as the people they're supporting, but they're rarely considered heroes until the cause has won.

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