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Unpublished Mail


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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As the first in a series known as Unpublished Mail, we would like to include a letter sent to the New York Press that they chose not to run.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 here.


The Letter:

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.

Robert Lanham
Editor
FREEwilliamsburg.com

Obviously, Russ realizes he can't defend his moronic words.

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