Can we throw a switch?

05/20/2014 4:55 PM

05/20/2014 4:56 PM

The Mac Engel piece regarding Michael Sam, the NFL, and acceptance of a gay man into their locker rooms gave me pause.

My brother is gay. He and his partner are loved and at every family gathering.

When he announced he was gay, it was a shock to everyone, because of the way society viewed homosexuality when we were growing up and the stigma attached.

Because of this upbringing, which at the time was the norm, the thought of a man kissing another man passionately on the lips made me cringe. It still does.

The replay of Sam kissing his boyfriend did.

How, overnight, are we supposed to undo generations of mental programming?

Maybe Engel should go ask a psychologist how we can just throw a switch and have a different attitude.

Tweeting and making derogatory public comment is wrong.

For many of us, negative thoughts and an uncomfortable feeling are natural — just like when I first saw someone in the Philippines eat balut, a duck egg and embryo.

To me, that is just not natural. Seeing it made me cringe.

— John T. Johnson III,

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