We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Don’t let Mallory McMorrow fight bigotry alone

6 0 0

“So who am I? I am a straight, white, Christian, married, suburban mom …”

Well, I’m not. In fact, with the exception of being Christian and married, I’m really not anything like Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow, who delivered a blistering rebuke to a fellow lawmaker’s marginalizing attack this past week when she described herself — and her privilege.

I’m gay, and I’m Black, and I’m a city slicker with no children. But listening to McMorrow’s roar of moral indignation, I felt like she saw me and anyone who looks like and loves like me. Others who fit her description should take note.

McMorrow had been (falsely) accused by a GOP colleague of being a “groomer,” the latest right-wing slander against anyone who supports LGBTQ children. But McMorrow did not apologize for that support. “I want every child to feel seen, heard, and supported,” she said, “not marginalized and targeted if they are not straight, white, and Christian.”

To understand the power of McMorrow’s words, you have to understand that “straight, White and Christian” is the default cultural and political setting in this country. Throw in “male” and you’d have the top of this pyramid. Just ask Tucker Carlson.

When you’re none, or not all, of........

© Washington Post

Get it on Google Play