She concluded with this message: “I know that hatred will only win if people like me sit idly by and let it happen. So I want to be very clear now: Call me what you want. I hope you brought a few bucks. Hope you slept well last night. I know who I am. I know what faith and service mean and what they require right now. We won’t let hate win. The Republican senator who sent the email, McMorrow later said, wouldn’t bother to look her in the eye.
McMorrow wasn’t the only Democrat to stand up to bigots recently. Earlier this month, Missouri State Representative Ian Mackey also gone viral speaking out against the persecution of LGBTQ Americans. Speaking to fellow Republican Rep. Chuck Basye, who sponsored an amendment to a bill banning transgender girls from participating in sports, Mackey noted that Basye’s gay brother had delayed coming out for fear of Basye’s reaction.
“If I was your brother, I’d be afraid to tell you too,” Mackey told him. “Because that’s what you focus on. This is the bill you want to introduce. This is what takes your time. Mackey, who is gay, continued, “I was afraid people like you would grow up. … I grew up in a school district that would vote tomorrow to put this in place. And for 18 years, I walked around with nice people like you who took me to the ball, who told me how smart I was. And then [they] went to the ballot [box] and voted for bullshit like that. And I was looking forward to getting out, to moving to a part of our state that would reject that stuff. … Thank God I got away with it.
“Gentlemen, I’m not afraid of you anymore,” Mackey concluded. “Because you are going to lose. You can win today, but you are going to lose.” It was a passionate demand for decency, fairness and empathy.
These speeches have gone viral in large part because they are the kind of statements of moral principle that are all too rarely heard from Democrats. Intimidated by the culture wars, they tried to change the subject to economic issues, despite warnings and pleas that this would be morally and politically unsound. Most Americans support the Democrats on these issues. Polls show a majority of voters don’t want censorship or book bans, don’t like bullies, and don’t want bans on discussing sexual orientation or gender identity in class. gender.
MAGA mob cultural grenades thrown at schools are not a response to real problems; they are an effort to stoke their own fearful and resentful base, who believe they have been victimized by far-left elites. When Republicans are called out for this hateful legislation disguised as child protection, their intentions are laid bare. Mackey is right: if the hatemongers are confronted, they will lose power. Let’s hope the rest of the party listens and stands up to the purveyors of bad faith bills designed to inflame Americans and pit them against each other.
For showing Democrats how to stand up to cultural bullies, we can say kudos, Rep. Mackey and Senator McMorrow.