Friday, April 17, 2009
The Day of Silence and the Young Bigots
Today hundreds of thousands of students in the United States took part in a Day of Silence.
A day designed to draw attention to the silencing by bullying of gay kids...every day of the school year.
It's a humble, gentle symbolic protest. And it may seem a bit melodramatic.
Until you meet the people the people they're up against.
Like this group of young bigots demanding the right to wear t-shirts with Biblical anti-gay quotations on them.
Listen and shudder...
That's the fanatic face of the enemy gay kids are up against.
The ones who are stirred up by the crazed zealots of the religious right, who hate gays so much they are willing to wage war on children.
Even if that hate makes their lives hell....and drives so many of them to suicide.
You know some gay activists were saying today that instead of a passive Day of Silence, it would be better to invest the money and energy into teaching gay kids self-defence.
Like Pansy Division sing in their new album "That's So Gay."
"I heard what you said, just a figure of speech/If you meant nothing by it, practice what you preach/ The next time you say it, you'd better think twice/Some pissed-off faggot may not take it too nice."
But I don't know.
Because for me tough is good....but so is gentle.
Because that's the kind of world I want to live in.
Most of the time you have to speak up against the hatred that kills.
But sometimes silence speaks volumes...