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William Brafford

William Brafford grew up in North Carolina, home of the world's best barbecue, indie rock, and regional soft drinks. He just barely sustains a personal blog and "tweets" every now and then under the name @williamrandolph.

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  1. If you’re in the mainstream in a relevant environment – or at least think you are – complaining loudly about the folks on the fringe is the best way to bring that fringe into the mainstream.

    In another far more consequential context, I’m starting to wonder if an essential step in the advancement of gay rights in this country wasn’t the hue and cry raised in certain quarters beginning in the ’70s about gay culture and gay rights activists. Rather than making people fear gays and the “homosexual agenda,” I wonder if the ranting and raving and fearmongering simply put arguments for and against gay rights in the average American’s living room for the average American to evaluate on the merits when previously gays were just not a group that most Americans thought much about at all. Instead, the preexisting view of the average American was more based on a simple unquestioned assumption about gays, which never got questioned because the average American never encountered gays at all.

    In this sense, maybe Jerry Falwell, et al, inadvertently did more to advance gay rights than any gay rights activist ever could have dreamed of achieving on their own.Report

  2. Avatar Paul L. says:

    In a move to bring additional racial unity to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center is hosting the accuser in the Duke Lacrosse Rape hoax Crystal Mangum.
    http://durhamwonderland.blogspot.com/2009/04/mangum-at-unc-audience-questions-to-be.htmlReport

  3. Avatar Pilka says:

    So sad and typical story…Report

  4. Paul L – It would probably help if you actually read the post to which you were replying. It would probably help even more if the site from which you came had also actually attempted to read the post to which it linked.Report

  5. Avatar lobo says:

    It’s pretty obvious that the success of gay rights was simply part of the elaboration and consolidation of the successful Great Sixties Cultural Revolution(1965-197?). Stonewall took place in 1969 and the first tiny “Gay liberation” groups emerged during that period.

    If Jerry Falwell had never been born it wouldn’t have changed a thing.Report

  6. Avatar lobo says:

    “the larger campus conservative community”

    GOP hacks-to-be looking forward to staff jobs on Capitol HillReport

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