How I know bigotry is alive in Middle America

I was passing through the playground at a nearby school in Englewood, Ohio. Sallie had climbed up the stairs that ended in a tube slide and I thought it might be cool if I encouraged her to slide down.

So, I poked my head in on the bottom side so I could see her at the top to talk her down. My eye caught the graffiti on the inside top of the slide.

I took a photo of it and it is posted below.

In case it is hard to read, the words “I [heart] lesbos” is etched into the plastic.

The media of the east and west coasts may have convinced themselves that bigotry and hatred are dead in America — especially with the eager adoption of gay marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — but what kids scratch into the inside of playground equipment tells me we have a very, very long way to go.

They learn this from somewhere.


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2 Responses to How I know bigotry is alive in Middle America

  1. While I’m not going to do something as idiotic as say you’re wrong and bigotry will ever be eliminated (which I can’t because it’s an emotional state) I will say that considering that was probably written by some teenagers you shouldn’t worry too much about it.

    Most at risk teens don’t truly understand the implications of their words and actions until later in life.

    Dare I say, they’re nearly sociopaths under the ages 15-16

  2. Rufus says:

    You’re right. I’m pretty sure it was etched in there by teens hanging at the school yard. doing… stuff…. The fact that it was there at all is disturbing. And judging by the level of adult bigotry around me, the casual words that creep into conversation on the back decks out here, I’d say that if you are correct, ignorance turns into apathy later in life, not understanding.