Indeed, Linda. I used the word “overt” to try to emphasize that most Americans at least pretend not to be racist. It’s socially unacceptable to argue in favor of racism.
That doesn’t mean racism isn’t a cancer that eats at our culture, though. It certainly is.
I just dream of the day that it won’t be polite to overtly espouse homophobia in the United States.
Maybe it doesn’t matter so much. Racism didn’t go away just because people became ashamed to talk about it, after all.
Homophobia wouldn’t either, I’m sure.
But it’s certainly demoralizing to turn on the news almost every day or browse Internet information sites and face the reality that “respectable” members of society feel completely free to insult and disparage people who are members of gender and sexual minorities.
We have a very, very long way to go.