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Cowardly Prejudice

Ellen Levitt

Posted on July 7, 2021 01:11

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My daughter was the victim of homophobia, in a cowardly fashion.

Our Fourth of July was fun during the day, but wretched during the evening and early morning afterward. During the day, my husband, two daughters and I went with a close friend and her daughter, to Chinatown in lower Manhattan. We ate at one of our favorite vegan, kosher, pan-Asian eateries, called Bodhi (we hadn't eaten there in nearly two years!). Then we had soft drinks and funky baked goods from a shop called Alimama. Afterward we walked to nearby City Hall and looked at a few historic sites, relaxed in City Hall Park (and listened to a man croon soul songs) and then went home to Brooklyn.

In the evening we all (except for my husband) drove out Coney Island, to see holiday fireworks displays. We ended up seeing them from the car because it was crowded near the beach, and then I drove us to see other fireworks (we saw them from afar) in western Coney Island.

But then we got mired in some of the worst vehicular traffic that I've ever experienced in Brooklyn, and I've sat in some doozies. It was awful. As the driver, I had to keep my cool but I grew more and more upset. Eventually, I parked my car and the five of us walked briskly to the last train station, a terminal called Stillwell Avenue. We hustled upstairs to our Q train and sat for an additional ten minutes until the train finally left the station.

My daughters and I got off the train at our station, named Kings Highway, after the busy local avenue. And then we were standing on a side street when we experienced nasty verbal abuse.

My older daughter wore a bright tie-dyed T-shirt; she's fond of that style (as is her younger sister, and I). All of a sudden a car drove past us and a man leaned out the window. He yelled at her "Take off that f---ing shirt, Pride Month is over!" and then drove away.

We were shocked by this.

Here are some questions:

1. Why would someone scream something so nastily homophobic in New York City?

2. Why would someone assume that a random tie-dye T-shirt was a symbol of the LGBTQIA+ community? Tie-dyes are so common.

3. Why would a man feel so emboldened to yell something disgusting like this-- yet rush away?

4. Why would someone yell a horrible, prejudiced thing like this on the Fourth of July?

5. Is this man atypical, or are there many other people in the US like him, who are hateful, bigoted, and bold?

You could say this capped a miserable evening for us... or you could say it was a teachable moment. 

Sadly, there are many people like this in the US. And many of them are proud to be obnoxious, prejudiced, and loud about expressing their opinions. 

I hope this man will improve his attitude. I hope all bigots will reconsider their hurtful words.

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on July 7, 2021 01:11

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