Thank you, Jason Collins. The courage and dignity that it took to reveal your true identity is very inspiring. I watch a segment of our society continue to vilify gays and lesbians and I am struck by the fact that same-minded people were vilifying interracial marriage (“It will destroy the institution of marriage”) and equality for African-Americans (“The Bible says they should be separate”) 45 years ago. How many years from now will we look back as a society and wonder what was wrong with us “back then?”
In the eternal quest for civil rights in the “land of the free,” it’s wonderful to see someone take a stand and refuse to be silenced by “religious” people. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “The opposite of good is not evil; it’s apathy.” If we as a society never questioned anything, there would still be slavery in this country, women could not vote, and countless other “civil wrongs” atrocities would still be true today.
My father once told me that we all stand on the shoulders of giants (Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, etc.).
Thank you, Jason Collins, once again – for being a giant.
Adjunct Professor of Sociology