I'll keep this short. In case you have been living under a rock over the past week, both the Duke mens and Duke womens basketball teams beat the University of North Carolina this weekend and last weekend respectively to win the ACC championship. If you are a Tar Hole and read this blog, sorry, but ya'll got CRUSHED! The purpose of this post isn't to gloat about our win, but to pose a question to you readers.
As with most sporting events, fans frequently use homophobic slurs to describe fouls with which they don't agree, or players to whom they don't take a fondness . Luckily, this Sunday in the Greensboro Colosseum, also known as the Dean Dome Jr., most of the fans refrained from using aforementioned slurs. Oh sure, there were plenty of "F&%# DUKE"s and "GTHC"s being thrown around, but I didn't hear much hate speech. That is until the second half.
One especially rambunctious Carolina fan, clearly distraught at his team's performance, quickly resorted to spewing ignorant verbal vomit. I almost always correct people's hate speech whenever I hear it. Even though this fan was but 3 rows behind the band, I still couldn't muster up the courage to correct him. Partially because I was completely "Duke'd" out and was afraid this fan would react poorly to confrontation, and partially because I wasn't sure if this was the venue. If you went to the Me Too Monologues and paid attention to the first act (where a student sitting in the Duke student section during the Duke-UNC game continued to scream hate speech and didn't stop until another student asked him to stop using the homophobic slurs), then you learned that, no matter the venue, it is ALWAYS the right time to stand up for LGBT rights. But in this story, the person correcting the hate speech was on the same team as the offender. In my case, the UNC fan and I, even though we had never met, were lifelong rivals. Should I have still tried to correct his speech? Or was I right to keep my mouth shut?