LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

It's about freedom

First off, I want to apologize to anyone who took offense to the letter, "Is Tate in the Closet?" Apparently, according to Ms. Garita's letter "Bigotry Comes in Many Forms," the letter was taken as a bash against white heterosexuals.

Actually, the letter was a response to remarks made by the bigot, Tate Williams.

The "American Nightmare" I presented in the article was not a bash against white heterosexuals. The point I attempted to make was that American society has shoved the image of the "American Dream," (a.k.a. the "American Nightmare"), down our throats, forcing us to believe that this is America. That this is the right way to live.

According to this ideal, if we want to be happy and successful in America we should conform and mold ourselves into "white" and heterosexual people.

The sad thing is that society has adopted this "Dream" as a reality, repressing and most certainly oppressing our sexualities. No, Ms. Garita, I do not expect a diverse culture such as ours to "live and think in unison." I am a bisexual female, and I do expect for you to accept my lifestyle as I have accepted yours.

The expression and promotion of sexual freedom is my main goal. If you think of me as a bigot for standing up for sexual freedom, go on and do so. I did not expect anything more.

Chandra Boston, freshman anthropology major

My race isn't your disease

I was deeply troubled by a letter to the editor that appeared in the April 1 issue of the Cougar, "Gay bashing not funny."

First of all, I don't think bashing anyone is funny. We are all human beings with feelings, but there's one thing that I would like to clarify. Being black and being gay are two totally different things altogether. Now being black, an African American, colored, nigger or whatever you choose to call us is to be considered as a race of people. Being gay is a psychological disease.

Being a graduate in the psychology department, the author of the letter, Mr. Kerr, should know that problems occurring psychologically ultimately have grave effects on a person physiologically. In other words, So a man thinketh, so is he. There has been no analytical process to decide that we, as blacks, are a race of people, as has happened in the homosexual community.

Therefore, there is no possible way you can equate the struggles of a race of people with the struggles of a people with psychological difficulties. We as blacks demanded adherence to our rights as human beings to be treated with justice. The gay community demands adherence to their rights as homosexuals to satisfy the id of their conscious, which operates off of the pleasure principle. These two are in no way related, and I'll appreciate it if homosexuals would not equate their struggles of today with the struggles of my forefathers. Jesus Loves You, and So Do I.

Jacob J. Richardson,

22-year-old black, junior RTV major.

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