Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker had some hostile views against homosexuality as a young man. Twenty years ago, he wrote a column for his college newspaper, The Stanford Daily. The public emergence of this column hardly seems like a coincidence as Booker has his eyes set on a run for the U.S. Senate. It is customary for the liberal media or conservative pundits to “dig up dirt” on a person with grandiose political ambitions.
Though the piece is controversial, it actually puts Booker in line with support from unlikely sources. Maybe conservatives who are against homosexuality will give him a nod in his bid for the Senate. Who knows. However, it should be deemed as un-American to demonize anyone for exercising their first ammendment rights on an issue they stand firmly behind.
Booker’s 1992 column was titled, “Pointing the Finger At Gays.” The Stanford Daily republished the column this past Wednesday. Here is an excerpt of Cory Booker’s article:
I was in my tolerance stage or the “I don’t give a d**n if someone is gay, just as long as they don’t bother me” stage. I was well trained in my tolerance. I stopped telling my gay jokes. F*gs, fl*mers and dy**s became homos*xuals and people of differing se*ual orientation and, of course, I had my gay friend.
Yet, while I was highly adroit at maintaining an air of acceptance, I couldn’t betray my feelings. I was disgusted by gays. The thought of two men kissing each other was about as appealing as a frontal lobotomy.
Allow me to be more direct, escaping the euphemisms of my past – I hated gays. The disgust and latent hostility I felt toward gays were subcategories of hatred, plain and simple.
While hate is a four-letter word I never would have admitted to, the sentiment clandestinely pervaded my every interaction with homosexuals. I sheepishly shook hands with gays or completely shied away from physical contact. I still remember how my brow would often unconsciously furrow when I was with gays as thoughts would flash in my mind, “What sinners I am amongst” or “How unnatural these people are.” (The Stanford Daily)