Queer is OK--or is it?
You will remember Sam Wurzelbacher, aka "Joe the Plumber," who was catapulted into national prominence when John McCain unwisely elevated him. Now this so-called plumber is on a national book tour. In a piece reported by Christianity Today, the interviewer asked: "What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?'
Reply: "At a state level, it's up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary—it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit."
Jonathan Rauch, and other gay people as well, are indignant at this aspersion. Well, why don't they direct their ire at all the gay intellectuals who have eagerly embraced "queer"? The answer is, I suppose, the n- excpeption. It's OK when we use the word, but wrong when THEY do.
Bull. Responsible black observers reject the n-word, and we should reject the q-word.