'Redneck' also derogatory

This is a response to The Augusta Chronicle’s June 23 Metro section article titled “Augusta Pride festival mixes message with fun.”

The homosexual message is they want to be accepted unconditionally into “normal” society with no bias. The homosexual community doesn’t want any name-calling, harassment, staring or any other form of discrimination. Too bad. As evidenced by the aforementioned article, they feel it’s OK to name-call, stereotype, etc., against other groups – in this case, it’s the South and “rednecks.”

The term “redneck” is akin to the N-word used against black people. It should not be used, as it’s derogatory and offensive. But in the aforementioned article, a woman was quoted as saying she can’t be openly gay in Augusta because it’s “Redneckville.”

She can’t have it both ways. She doesn’t want harassment or name-calling, but she uses the derogatory term “redneck.” She can’t shove homosexuality down the throats of moral conservative Southerners and demand equality when she uses derogatory terms against groups that don’t believe in her viewpoint.

Which way does she want it?

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