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Just like you still can't spell my name, you still can't understand what I wrote. So I won't try to explain it again this time. You're never going to "get it," I fear.I will not apologize for defending a group with which I work and my community from discrimination and prejudice... what Graffiti Ads did to ART and to the LGBT community was discrimination pure and simple. Their decisions, in my opinion, were influenced by homophobia and anti-gay politics. It doesn't matter whether they are homophobic or anti-gay themselves or not. Even if Graffiti Ads isn't homophobic or anti-gay, their decisions and business dealings are influenced by those factors and, in my book, that makes them just as bad as those who really are homophobic and anti-gay. I can almost guarantee you that if Graffiti Ads had told a group like the Black Child Development Institute that an ad for them would be "too controversial" the community would have been in an uproar. Racism would not have been tolerated whatsoever and Graffiti Ads would have been bankrupt last week. If we don't tolerate racism and hate based on someone's skin color, why do we tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation, no matter the underlying reasons? I guess I might just never understand how some people think. Like I said in an earlier post (Quick update on Graffiti Ads' anti-gay discrimination), the controversy between ART and Graffiti Ads is indicative of so many larger issues in our current political and social culture. I thank those of you in the community -- both gay and straight -- who are able to understand this. For those of you who can't understand it, and especially if you are gay and can't understand it... I pray for you. Related Posts:
- Triad company refuses to work with LGBT group; refuses ad for community resources and movie festival 01/26/06
- Gay Greensboro business owner responds to Graffiti Ads bias in refusing LGBT ad 01/27/06
- Quick update on Graffiti Ads' anti-gay discrimination 01/28/06
- http://matthillnc.blogspot.com/2006/01/killian-makes-great-point-on-civil.html 01/29/06