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The meaning of ‘straight pride’

The rainbow flag flies over Boston during the Pride Week flag-raising ceremony at City Hall.
The rainbow flag flies over Boston during the Pride Week flag-raising ceremony at City Hall. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

Re “ ‘Straight pride’ means white male fragility” (Ideas, June 9). It is an incontrovertible fact that certain groups of people in America have been, and often continue to be, marginalized and discriminated against. It is appropriate, even laudable, that members of such groups should publicly state that they are proud of who they are as a rebuttal to a history of social and legal oppression. Now the marginalizers want their own parade. These people are behaving like the neo-Nazis who wanted to parade through Skokie 40 years ago, with the same lame pretense that the First Amendment protects bigoted speech. They may get a permit to parade their bigotry in public, but if so, Renée Graham will have characterized it incorrectly: It will not be a display of fragility that is the exclusive province of straight white males. Rather, it will be a noisy proclamation of the profoundly un-American beliefs held by a cadre of men and women of all backgrounds.

Keith Backman

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