There is a ton of talk about the bullying of LGBT students in schools across the United States. Some people would have you believe that it isn’t happening, it’s just the insecurities of a certain group of people, and nothing more. Political figures would have you believe that the specific bullying of LGBT students doesn’t happen because those students are gay, it happens because kids will be kids. I don’t agree. Bullying exists because some people in this world don’t like those who appear to be different from themselves.
Let’s think about this for a minute. A bully is someone who picks on another person, either through emotional or physical intimidation, based on another person’s differences. Now, knowing that, why is it so difficult to believe that children would act in such a manner? Adults act like that, and we impart our perspective to the children in our lives every day. I fail to understand why some people actually think that bullying is simply kids being kids.
We’ve seen this before… In the 60s, the tension between blacks and whites reached an all time high. Intimidation, hate speech, physical attacks, discrimination; all thrown onto a group of people because they were different, the minority. Fortunately, after some time and serious struggle, laws were enacted to protect those individuals of difference. Now move forward to 2012 and the ever-growing tensions between heterosexuals and homosexuals. Intimidation, hate speech, physical attacks, discrimination; all thrown onto a group of people because they are different; the minority.
How is now different from then? It isn’t.