We’ve spent a lot of time examining the homophobia and racism of the right, and what we often fail to remember is that part of the reason they are so hysterical is because they are losing the debate. Society is changing, as it always does, and they simply can not deal with it. And this freaks them out.
I watched the next to last episode of Worst Chefs tonight, and as always, it was a great show. I just LURV Anne Burrell. But aside from my mini-crush, what struck me was that as part of the next to last challenge, the worst cooks had to cook for their significant others. This year, Kelly, an African-American woman, was cooking for her white husband. In Season 2, there was a lesbian couple in the next to last show.
This is what freaks them out- they are losing the debate on the ground, and it heightens their hysteria. I’m used to mixed marriages, I’m used to same sex couples, I’m used to single moms and every other kind of “non-traditional” family that is out there. I don’t think they are “non-traditional families,” I think of them as families.
But this is really why the right is freaking out- they can not accept this. It is not their version of normal. So while their viewpoint on what is normal is way out of sync with what is happening on the ground, expect the remaining dead-enders to continue to get louder and louder as they get less and less relevant to the reality of America.
Single parents, divorce, inter-racial marriages, gay marriage- these are not only the future of America, they are the current reality. And I think they make us stronger as a country.