of Harvey Milk
Most people in New York already know that the columnist
known as Mugger from New York Press is an idiot.
Nevertheless, his column last week (8/6/2003) entitled "The
Milk is Sour" hit an all-time low, even for Mugger
(aka Russ Smith).
As the first in a series known as Unpublished Mail, we would
like to include a letter sent to the New York Press
that they chose not to run. Read Mugger's disgraceful article
In Mugger's piece about Harvey Milk High School, I agree
with Russ (and the NY Times) that the segregation of gay students
will do little to dismantle intolerance in high schools. Exposing
close-minded homophobes to a diverse student body is a better
way to convey that a gay lifestyle is normal. There isn't
a high school in the country that doesn't have its fair share
of bullies and meatheads, but kids are tough and have always
had to deal with mistreatment and intolerance. Exposing kids
to diversity conditions them for what they will experience
in the real world. Shouldn't we be hiring teachers who promote
acceptance instead of segregating students?
Mugger goes on to claim that students at Harvey Milk will
inevitably demand that their curriculum include more discussion
of gay culture and history. His opinion, as he states it,
is as follows:
"But high schoolers ought to learn the basics, such
as the number of states in this country, rudimentary chemistry,
and maybe even how to spell. A semester-long examination
of literary pedophiles can wait until after graduation."
What the fuck does pedophilia have to do with homosexuality?
Does Mugger think there is a link between homosexuality
and people who molest children? In making this statement,
he sounds like a blatant homophobe himself. I suppose he
is trying to be funny, but in the process exposes himself
as an overgrown bully who probably made fun of gay classmates
in high school himself.
Obviously, Russ realizes he can't defend his moronic words.
YOUR UNPUBLISHED LETTERS
TO BE INCLUDED IN FUTURE EDITIONS