McDowell wondered if the guys had a right to speak like that on a train “where people didn’t choose to be in that space for that sort of speech.”
Offering absolution is a personal matter. However, as one whose identity intersects several marginal groups—black, female, lesbian—I must also ask the question posed by Hawes: Who benefits from my forgiveness?
When DeGeneres invited Hart to her show at the start of this year, she provided a much broader platform for Hart to explain his nonapology for prior public homophobic statements.
Ever since Stonewall, LGBTQ history has been whitewashing itself. It’s time we challenged that.