The brand spanking new Southern strategy
Other working title: Fuck 'em, they're hateful bigots
Ezra at Pandagon, in a sweet moment of actually wanting unity with the ignorant fucks who showed up at the polls and swung the election in an effort to register their burning hate, and for no other reason, suggests that we understand that the bigots are just ignorant and try to reach out to them instead of mocking 'em.
First of all, that's no fun.
And second of all, there is no reaching out to people who are ignorant and proud of themselves. There is only shaming them until they die or get a fucking clue.
Civil rights battles were not won by convincing racists to hate blacks a little less. They were won by heaping shame and disgust on them for being racists. Making them feel small-minded and hateful, because they are. Giving them the slightest encouragement only emboldens them.
There is a world of difference between disapproving of someone because of what they are (gay, black, Jew, female, etc.) and disapproving of someone because they stick by a lame-brained belief only because it makes them feel like they are someone special because at least they aren't a (fill in slur).
When someone says something homophobic, I don't suggest reaching out. I suggest holding your nose and saying, "They still make you?" Eventually, they will get a fucking clue.