I am a USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association board member.
I believe wholeheartedly that it is incumbent upon the Daily Trojan to provide coverage of Matt Barkley’s Twitter comment on Feb. 26 in which he pronounced that he was, “…SMH [Shaking My Head],” with regard to the Obama Administration’s subsequent refusal to continue defending the Defense of Marriage Act and of his tweet about not being a homophobe.
Every LGBT publication online reported the unfortunate comment and USC was painted in a poor light as a result.
This ignores the fact that the university is consistently rated as a top gay-friendly university by multiple publications for a decade running.
If Barkley had made the same comment about the administration’s refusal to defend a governmental policy backing a ban on interracial marriage, the proverbial “caca” would have hit the fan.
A failure to cover the issue is in my mind cowardly and journalistically unethical.
Barkley has a bit more to learn about the Trojan Family, its spirit of diversity and inclusiveness and its position of leadership in being connected to the larger City of Los Angeles (its LGBT community) and the world.
That comment might be acceptable in other places, but most definitely not in Los Angeles, and unequivocally not at USC, the home of a multitude of LGBT alumni and the ONE Institute, the largest LGBT archive in the world.
I feel that President C. L. Max Nikias needs to come out and address the issue head on.
The fact that Barkley’s a star quarterback is more, not less, reason for calling him out on his ignorance and prejudice.
Dr. Christopher Eaton