Birds of a feather flock together. I remember how much I was hated and vilified when I worked as the only male teacher in a preschool/after school daycare. Suspicions abounded that I was the cause of anything that went wrong, and absolutely incompetent. That I carried a 4.0 in my required ECE courses and was the only one who could calm the new non-English speaking children were meaningless, or that I saved one teacher from severe injury from a student with anger issues. I, after all, must have caused his anger issues. The problem with diversity is that we people don’t really want to be diverse. They want to be surrounded by people like themselves. That is comfortable. They don’t want to be surrounded by people who are diverse. That is uncomfortable. Therefore, knowingly or otherwise, they favor people with the same preferences. Diversity, then becomes a turf war and not an exercise in tolerance.
Homophobia is almost as bad as being “racist,” which everyone knows is worse than being accused of murder and rape in our diversity culture. But what about heterophobia? Have we advanced so far as a nation that we can now shake our heads in disapproval over those who display a blatant disregard for people who enjoy a straight, traditional lifestyle?
Probably not, but we’ll see. That’s because Gregory Kenney, 50, was recently canned from his 16-year job at tony Manhattan private school Trinity, located on the Upper West Side, for what he says is being a straight, white guy who is married to a woman and has three kids. In other words, he has a blatantly traditional, conventional lifestyle and that really bugged his lesbian boss, Pat Krieger. No, I’m not kidding. It’s Pat.
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