The Agony of Being
Connected to Everything
in the Universe [what?]
by Andrew Boyd [who?]
jan '02 w.w.norton
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The inner bigot
We contain the other, hopelessly and forever.
We live in a society scarred by hatred and misunder-standing.
You look out at this world and figure that because you're not a church-burner,
gay-basher, or with the LAPD, you're not a bigot. But inside each of us
is an inner bigot waiting for things to get personal. Maybe you get iced
out of a promotion, maybe Johnny's new teacher is gay, maybe your neighborhood
is changing. That's when the inner bigot slithers up into your throat
and you hear yourself saying: "Those bastards are taking our jobs. Do
what you want, but not near my children. Why do they all have to talk
so loud? Can't you find a girl of your own kind? We moved to the suburbs
for the schools."
I have met the Other and it is I.