Now this is entirely to be expected: death threats. So let’s stand back, take a minute, and consider what it means when a young man publicly declares himself to be gay as others wish him DEAD.

That’s America for you, nowadays. White guys get all pissed off because they are losing socio-economic power as they’d had in the past, because they quite well know America is inexorably becoming a nation in which white folks (especially white men) are just about to become a minority.

No. Really.

So straight and apparently homophobic guys threaten Jason Collins on Twitter. What balls on them, huh? I’d like to see any of them face the man one-on-one.  That fight wouldn’t last long.

This is just an insult. The NBA’s first reaction was with one exception pretty positive. The fans are becoming the problem. Think about this, people: 1 in every 10 men are gay, on average. Now, homophobes, count off all the men in your life. Don’t prejudge. Just try your best to understand who they are as individuals.

Personally, I despise homophobia as I despise -ism’s of many other kinds. This, however, particularly disgusts me because it speaks to those gut instincts in humankind that always winds up hurting us all in the end. Collins’ coming-out is something I surely celebrate. Now I await the first NASCAR driver to come out. Just think about it.  40-plus men….I’m just wondering….


About johnwylam1957

I'm a poet and teacher now living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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