Author's Note: the following column contains offensive speech. But please
keep reading. Offensive speech can be utterly hysterical.
Two years ago, I wrote an article about UNCW gay activist Brice Horton. This was
after he tried to ban Chick fil-A from campus (all in the name of tolerance and
diversity). I satirically responded by writing that he should be expelled from
campus for his own intolerance. Now, just two years later, he's a proud UNCW
graduate. I know this because he recently wrote me two emails. The content of
the first email was pretty straightforward:
From: Horton, Brice Melton
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 5:49 PM
To: Adams, Mike
I hope you rot in Hell you piece of $h*t.
Shortly after he wrote that well-articulated argument, he forwarded it to my
university account. I guess you could say his first email was straightforward
and his second email was gay-forward. Regardless, gay rights activist Brice
Horton wasn't done with me yet. He sent me this little gem only two hours after
he sent the first one:
From: Horton, Brice Melton
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:54 PM
To: Adams, Mike
Nothing to say? Gonna blow me up on your stupid "blog?" You are a piece of
$h*t and deserve nothing more than a resting place deep in the bowels of Hell.
UNCW does not need anything like you. I hope you can feel the pain... the
fire... that will wake your dumb a$$ up. Rot in Hell. You make me sick. I'm not
gay but I have a lot of friends who are. You called for my expulsion from
school. Guess what? I have graduated!! And you still suck. Your email will be
given to everyone I know. Enjoy!
(For the record, no one else emailed me so I guess Brice Horton doesn't have as
many friends as he suspects. That is a small wonder, given his personal charm
Of course, I am predicting that most people who read Brice Horton's emails will
refrain from making negative attributions about his personal character. Instead,
they are likely to make negative attributions about his generation. But that's
fair since Brice is the kind of guy who judges people using group
characteristics, rather than individual traits. That's why he boasts of having
gay friends, not happy ones.
Aside from his "I have gay friends" line, which is just an age-old liberal ploy
of using token friendships for political purposes (e.g., I have black friends)
Brice Horton's speech sounds a lot like that of past generations of misguided
liberal activists. Take a few minutes to reflect back on the old Who classic "My
Generation." The similarities between then and now are pretty striking:
People try to put us d-down (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Just because we get around (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
When the Who released this song in 1965, they were making two distinct but
inter-related statements. First, they were tying individual identity into sexual
promiscuity. Second, they were condemning those who would dare to condemn their
loose lifestyle. They even went so far as to say they would rather die than live
to be older and more judgmental. Is this really so different from the youth of
Of course, the old liberal rebels of that generation didn't die. They got their
college degrees in the 60s. They went to graduate school in the 70s. They became
professors in the 80s. And, finally, they became college administrators in the
It was around that time (the early 90s) that the old 60s protestors decided that
they weren't so crazy about protest anymore. So they passed campus speech codes
to ensure that no one would challenge their perpetually adolescent view of the
world. (People are good. Power is bad. And so is any modicum of moral judgment -
except that which is necessary to quash debate).
But they did something more than that. In addition to condemning the condemners
and silencing the dissent they decided to credential their allies. That's when
we began to see degrees in "disciplines" such as Gay and Lesbian Studies. For
those who don't know, that is a special degree program that teaches people how
to deprive others of their religious liberty and to justify it on the basis of
the hate they project upon them. A hate group is simply anyone who is hated by
the homosexual lobby. That includes Hobby Lobby.
But you don't have to get a degree in Queer Studies to get special recognition
at the university. At Brice Horton's university, UNCW, you can get a special
lavender graduation cord just for approving of homosexuality. If you actually
practice it, you get a purple graduation cord. Oh, and if you graduate with
honors, you get a gold cord.
What a snapshot of social progress! At Brice's graduation they gave out one cord
dedicated to academic achievement, one cord dedicated to how people achieve
their orgasms, and one cord dedicated to people like Brice Horton who are just
really happy to see people have sex in non-traditional ways. But, to be clear,
Brice Horton isn't gay himself. He just has gay friends. He probably has black
No wonder kids like Brice Horton are utterly unable to form arguments and to
interact in a civil manner with people who hold different views. They are not
rewarded for engaging in reasoned debate. They are rewarded for having strong
opinions about how people have sex.
Of course, a major difference between the 60s and today is that these kids'
future employers have access to the Internet. This means that when Brice Horton
applies for a job, his prospective boss can run a Google search. When he types
in Brice Horton, this column will likely be the first thing that pops up.
I think it's good that employers can use the Internet to decide whether they
want to hire mentally unstable activists who want to throw Chick fil-A off
campus and condemn their political opponents to rot in hell for eternity.
Religious fundamentalists can be disruptive to the workplace - even when they
aren't shouting out to Allah and flying airplanes into crowded buildings.
Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina
Wilmington and author of
Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting
Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.