This week New Orleans Saint quarterback Drew Brees pushed back against accusations of homophobia for supporting the “Bring Your Bible to School Day” campaign by the notoriously anti-LGBTQ and Christian fundamentalist organization, Focus on the Family. Brees, when questioned by the press, said he didn’t know the event had a connection to anti-LGBTQ messaging even though Focus on the Family clearly states their support of fundamentalist understandings of sexuality and gender.
Brees apologized and feigned unknowing. But those of us who are part of the resistance know that an apology is never enough.
Just like Drew Brees, we all have moments when our gusto for doing something good gets clouded. What should we do in these situations?
- Be so engaged with diverse communities that you know and understand why what you said or did was offensive and be open to transformation.
- Authentically apologize.
- Commit to doing better moving forward.
- Make reparations.