One week ago today, some jackass from Senator Saxby Chambliss's Georgia office left a comment on Joe.My.God., a gay right's blog, saying "All faggots must die." Chambliss's staff have yet to determine (or announce) the perpetrator. This death threat was mentioned briefly in the news (here, here, and here), but it has generated little news coverage.
I want to know where the outrage is. If some anonymous senate staffer posted "All n*****s must die" on a civil rights bog, all hell would break lose. Al Sharpton would be protesting in front of the office the very next day. Every news show in the country would use the story as their lead, demanding answers from the Senator's office. Congressional leaders would issue statements and hold press conferences denouncing the comment, and demanding action. The Senator whose office the remark was traced to would make a tearful apology and fire the offending staffer.
But, this was a gay rights blog, and the offending comment was hateful to gays, and, apparently, hate speech towards gays, even from the office of a Senator, is still acceptable to much of this country. We are still a long way from the point when f***** is considered just as offensive and hateful as n*****.
And that is a problem.