Early in the era of talkies, a man named Al Jolson put on blackface and issued what is regarded by many today as one of the most shameful performances in American cinema through The Jazz Singer.
Possibly the only way for him to be more obnoxious would be to affect a Rochester accent, eat watermelon and fried chicken, and demand to know where the white women is at. You’d think that after eighty years we’d be a little more enlightened about our stereotypes, would be less apt to roll in the self-made filth of bigotry.
It’s been pointed out by many others that bigotry is a privilege of the privileged. It’s easy to be in a majority and snicker snottily about the ways of others, of those who are not as you are. But it’s particularly obnoxious to see this coming from Utah, the state that’s the worldwide headquarters of the LDS church — which church we now know was instrumental in supporting Proposition 8 in California, engaging in political activity to affect the lives of millions of people who had the foresight (or the good fortune) to not even live in Utah to begin with.
While it might be valid to argue about states’ rights, I think that argument falls down when it’s clear that one state has deliberately and systematically affected the legislation in another, particularly when it continues to try to do so.
Shame on Grondahl, shame on the Standard, and shame on the LDS church for fomenting anti-gay hysteria. If you’re going to play politics, that’s fine, but have the decency to keep it to your own turf. Live how you want to, but don’t try to abrogate the rights of others to live as they wish as well, particularly not by such asinine means as outrageous, bigoted caricature.
In promulgating this cartoon, you show yourselves as being less human than either Bruce or his spruce.
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