Ever since Obama got elected, it`s sure started to seem as if the whole black thing that had been going on for half a century was losing momentum. Or at least homosexual activists have been acting as if blacks were so 2008 and that gay is the new black.
But the news that The New Republic magazine was being sold to Chris Hughes, one of the Facebook founders and head of Obama`s social media campaign in 2008 seemed weird. I didn`t know much about Hughes, so I turned to Wikipedia and found this picture and biographical detail:
Hughes grew up in Hickory, North Carolina, as the only child of Arlen "Ray" Hughes, a paper salesman, and Brenda Hughes, a public-school teacher.
That seemed an odd fate for the magazine long run by Marty Peretz, who always made sure that it reflected his effusion of 1968:
"I have been in love only three times in my life. I was in love with my college roommate. I am in love with the state of Israel and I love Gene McCarthy."
What happened? Granted, The New Republic is a money pit and Hughes has Facebook Money. But, still, The New Republic has been sold to some guy from Hickory, North Carolina?
So, if gay is the new black, does this mean that goy is the new gay? Very strange ...
(By the way, I like to check Google to see if my insights are novel. Has anybody ever said "gay is the new black" before me, or did I just make that up? Why, yes, that phrase, in quotes, brings up 855,000 pages. So, other than the 849,999 who beat me to it, I was the first to notice that. On the other hand, "goy is the new gay" has never been said before in the history of the Internet, which suggests that nobody has noticed before it because it`s not true.)
Then, it dawned on me ...
And, sure enough, farther down in the Wikipedia article, we find the expected: "Hughes is gay ..."
I`ve long had a hunch that the future of American society is going to look like a cross between Neal Stephenson`s Snow Crash and the Ottoman Empire. Perhaps gays then will become, in effect, one of the ethnic power blocs, just one generated anew each generation?