Letter to the Editor

May 23, 2014

To the Editor:

I, too, want to commend you for your posting of the two guys holding hands during prom.

Historical Hatred. Convenient Hatred. Common, since the beginning of time. Why is it so easy to hate what you don’t understand? Why do we allow ourselves to go through life accepting the teachings of hate? Believe it or not, our parents, our religion, our teachers, and our peers teach us hate. We are brainwashed at a very young age to exhibit zero tolerance for things that are perceived as different. Egypt hated the Israelites and enslaved them; Hitler hated Jews and murdered them by the millions; the whites hated the blacks…enslaved them, and then moved them to the back of the bus; the protestants hated the Catholics; and now it’s gay people - the biggest civil rights issue of our time.

I am a gay man who has experienced hate firsthand from the cruelest of the cruel. I’ve been spat on, kicked, beaten, experienced relentless bullying throughout my young adult life, and just when I thought the bullying was over, our elected officials gave the power to the majority to vote against my civil rights. With all of this historical hate, know this - the only common denominator that can eliminate the hatred of a certain people is the death of a generation. Eventually; acceptance, tolerance and love win every single time. To all of you naysayers out there, and you know who you are - your time is coming - your end is approaching. What will you think before your last breath? Will you remember your hatred of someone perceived different from you? And, if so, will you ask for forgiveness?

John Cooper

Nashville, TN