I loathe the use of hate words. I don't think they should ever be used to insult someone and I do my best every day to not even allow myself to think such thoughts. Instead, I use clever insults, like asshole, or shit-bag, or fucker. I try not to attack based on gender, sexuality, race, or any other thing we as human beings can't control.
However, not everyone is as tactful or mindful. The only reason why I'm like this is because of a presentation from a reformed neo-nazi I met while in high school. At the time, I still thought it was okay to use words like 'fag' or 'gay' even if I wasn't directing them at a person. But it's not. It's never okay.
The reason why I'm writing this blog is because a wonderful girl yesterday was verbally assaulted at her place of employment by two ignorant teenagers. She was folding shirts when they cornered her and asked if she was a 'dike' 'lesbian' and repeatedly asked, 'you're gay, aren't you?'
The girl in question only recently graduated high school. She is a very soft spoken, very kind girl, and these visious bitches (see, clever word usage here) rendered her unable to speak or to defend herself. Once they left, she remained and asked another employee not to tell what happened because she didn't want to cause a scene.
But someone should have told a manager and had those girls removed from the store. This situation is completely unacceptable. Situations like these completely sicken me. They're not something to laugh off, and say that people are ignorant or jerks. That bastard church down south that harasses military families at their loved one's funerals should not be accepted. Gay bashing of any sort should not be accepted, whether it's a simple use of a word, or taking videos of gay lovers and posting them all over youtube. The hate needs to stop.
Acceptance needs to begin.
(Sorry this isn't a literary blog today. I'm just very, very angry about this entire situation. The girl in question is a very good friend of mine, and I wish I had been working so I could have defended her.)