Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hate Crimes

The best way I can think of to respond to Rep. Foxx, and to celebrate (if that's the proper term) passage of the hate crimes bill in the house, is to Netflix The Laramie Project. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking film that never whitewashes bigotry but also never reduces people to caricatures--that recognizes the surprising capacity for basic decency in people whose values are otherwise unsympathetic. Who are, in fact, exactly the people we'll need to win over to achieve marriage equality in our time.