Yesterday, I was shocked to find out that a new friend of mine had received threatening emails. Not just one, but multiple emails from multiple people. It was not a lone stalker or crazy mad man. No, these emails were from people respected in our community and are mothers with small children. Although my friend wouldn’t share the details of what was in the letters, everyone at our meeting was able to reason it out.
It wasn’t until this morning that I thought – I bet those emails are very similar to what a gay man or a bullied teen might receive. Simply replace our group name with “fag”, “queer”, “flat chest”, or “lard butt”. I wonder if the writers of the email would have found those messages acceptable to hit send.