On the Oppression Olympics
I am tired of people having this debate about the relative impact of pejorative words on their target minority group. If injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, then the relative power of an antigay gay slur is irrelevant, it is simply a threat to human dignity, and that should appall us all.
That’s black and gay former NBA player John Amaechi in his New York Times blog post about Kobe Bryant and the other f-word (“faggot”). The whole post is excellent, but this paragraph jumped out at me.