There was something of a dustup in the local blogosphere over a comment made in response to a comment to a post on his blog by an anonymous blogger known as Illusory Tenant. (The term refers to someone who leases a rent controlled apartment and then does not occupy it but, rather, sublets it to someone else at a profit.)IT claims to be employed in the law and, based on his (or her, I suppose)facility with the law, is either a lawyer or someone who has studied law. In any event, IT made thinly veiled reference hinting that Jessica McBride could be described by a very bad four letter word beginning with "c."
After a rather weak attempt to deny that the word means what it does (you can find a inoffensive secondary meaning for most slurs), IT apologized. Good enough, but let's remember that the next time someone on the right side of the scrimmage line exercises the same type of misjudgement and then has the good sense to repent.
Why do otherwise intelligent folks get pulled into this type of incivility? A clue comes from a comment posted on the McBride stalking site, Whallah. Someone said:
This fake umbrage is funny. Does anyone doubt that the right-wingers who are expressing such outrage don't routinely slip into gross language when they're letting slip their real feelings about gays or blacks or Jews?
Well, I don't have to speculate because I know the heart of the vast right wing conspiracy. When its dark minions get together to smoke cigars and drink scotch and plot whatever, sometimes I'm there. So the answer to the question is "No, actually, they don't." What we say in the light, we repeat in the dark. The virulent "closet" racism and homophobia that you are so certain must exist doesn't exist. Learn that.