If you placed a Cubic Zirconia under the discerning eye of a Diamond Cutter and he said, “I’m a little bit leery.“ Would you leverage an expression of heartfelt affection on the jewelry expertise of the aforementioned Diamond Cutter?
If your hemorrhoids were severely inflamed and the Proctologist said, “It’s no big deal.” Would you seek relief from excruciating rectal pain on the medicinal acumen of the aforementioned Proctologist?
If your State Senator was presented with Jim Crow Laws circa 2014 and he offered this pithy insight, “I didn’t see it as discriminatory.” Would you re-elect Steve Pierce?
Here’s Steve Pierce, a State Senator from the so-called great state of Arizona, waxing poetic about his vote in favor of SB 1062: “I was a little bit leery. But then everybody voted for it. And last year, when the legislature passed a similar bill, no one seemed to think it was a big deal. I didn’t see it as discriminatory.”
Maybe if we stopped calling them “leaders.” Maybe if we stopped calling it “higher office.” Maybe if we saw them for what they truly are, “criminals in neckties instead of handcuffs.” Maybe then it wouldn’t be so painful watching them lie, with no fear of consequence or recourse under the law, in split screen on CNN.
It doesn’t matter what happens in Arizona on SB 1062. It’s already happened. The message has been sent to gay kids. Here’s the message: 2nd class is more class than you deserve, fag.
Of course it matters what happens in Arizona on SB 1062. In the same way it mattered what happened in Kansas on HB 2453. But in a larger sense, the bullies had their say.
Here we are, in 2014, having a state sponsored vote endorsing the plausibility of segregation. Or, in the inimitable words of Steve Pierce, “No one seemed to think it was a big deal.”