Working in an office one day, a conversation was taking place down the corridor. A sharp difference of opinion was under discussion in which various people were advancing various viewpoints. One of the participants left the conversation and walked up the corridor towards my desk. Overhearing a bit more of the discussion behind him, he turned around and shouted clearly: ‘Yeah, but he’s such a poof!’
I was rather shocked at the outburst. Prior to it, the conversation had been heated but on point. This random homophobia came entirely out of left field and was entirely out of place. How did the conversation get to this point? How did this person think it was appropriate to make that comment? What the hell is wrong with this person that they’d think this was an appropriate thing to say?
It would be a while before I was this thrown by out of place prejudice again (yay, privilege). Fortunately, Richard Dawkins was on call to provide such an experience over Twitter. This time, it was his weird and entirely unprovoked declaration that hatred towards Muslims isn’t racist.