Tracy Morgan's homophobic rant brought out the worst in group think. According to Kevin Rogers' eye witness account of Tracy Morgan's homophobic routine, the Nashville audience was largely supportive.
According to Rogers' CNN interview the crowd cheered Morgan on as he described the brutal stabbing death of his hypothetical gay son. What does that say about Nashville?
Group hate is ugly. It leads to the worst possible human behavior, such as genocide and mass executions like we saw during World War II's Holocaust.
Tennessee's LGBT population has been brutalized by anti-gay legislation all year. The "Don't Say Gay" bill would make it illegal to say "gay" in school. Another bill made it illegal to protect LGBT people from discrimination in cities like Nashville.
Morgan's rant shined a giant spotlight on Tennessee's group hate and demonstrated the ugly results of institutionalized homophobia. An audience full of people actually thought it was funny that Tracy Morgan would stab his gay son to death. According to Williams, "they cheered him on."
As apologies fall from the sky from NBC Executives, Tracy Morgan, and anyone who has ever been near Tracy Morgan, I want to hear another apology. I want to hear from the Governor of Tennessee himself. His political leadership fuels a culture where the murder of gay children is laughed at. His leadership has put young people at risk because they won't be able to turn to trusted adults in an educational setting to discuss their lives without breaking the law. He is the leader of the angry mob who is willing to cheer at the most brutal and disgusting hate I have heard in a long, long time.
So what do you say, Gov. Bill Haslam? Will you apologize for leading your state into a feeding frenzy of hate against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community? Or do you think a public display of enthusiasm for the murder of gay children represents the so-called Christian values you wear so loudly on your sleeve?