The linked blog post on the Huffington post was actually about Health Care Reform, and is a good read on that subject, but a photo on the post really captured my attention, and prompted me to step back and think about the bigger picture.

Tea Party Protests: ‘Ni**er,’ ‘Fa**ot’ Shouted At Members Of Congress

If it is being this difficult for lawmakers to pass Health Care Reform which will truly benefit everyone, how will they ever make progress on LGBT issues? It isn’t the lawmakers I am most worried about, but rather the growing mob.

protest signs at anti- Health Care Reform rally

The sign that really captures my attention s the yellow one on the bottom. This crosses the line past free speech in my opinion.

If you read the full story, there is a statement by Senator Clyburn. He rightly points out that this backlash and the expression of intimidation isn’t really about Health Care Reform, but it is about a power struggle where the sentiments of the “old South” where race and difference were not treated with respect or value are trying to be re-introduced into today’s discourse as acceptable.

How much rougher will it get? My guess is, much rougher, and maybe quickly. On the other hand, the crowd pictured here, is quite small, and this mentality may not represent even a majority of conservatives.

An iconic image for me, is the one of the federal troops escorting the black children into a school- do you know the image?  How much can we expect there to be an angry mob protesting the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgenders? I think in places, if we can count of the police or the federal officers to support us, it may end up looking like that.

Tea Party Protests: ‘Ni**er,’ ‘Fa**ot’ Shouted At Members Of Congress.

3 Comments

  1. Agreed! Thanks for commenting Bonnie!

  2. I don't think it reflects the majority of the conservatives, but the fact that the majority does not protest such hateful speech is very disturbing.

  3. pghlesbian says:

    The protestors hurling racial and homophobic comments last night are a good example of how far out of hand things can get. The underlying anger is food for thought, but the response of Republicans post-vote will be telling — will they take a hard line against the hate and distance themselves or will they remain mum to allow some of that fervor to carry them in November?

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