A Craigslist Conundrum






[Photo from Gawker]


I came across an article on Gawker regarding the strange ban of queer, undocumented, and Muslim people from a garage sale on July 17th in Virginia.  The ad, which was listed on craigslist, has since been taken down.  The statement made by the woman is ludicrous and commenters on the Internet are suggesting that the whole thing is a joke.

The woman’s statement contained the following:

all are welcome to the moving sale / garage sale except for LGBT people, illegal immigrants, and muslims, anyone else is warmly welcomed! no drama, terrorism, or illegal transactions with non-US citizens / illegal immigrants / people taking jobs away from people who belong and are legal in this country is desired. thanks.

The woman is selling her things in the garage sale because she is selling her house and apparently she made a similar disclaimer about whom she would and would not sell to.  To my knowledge, that disclaimer was retracted even quicker than the previous statements due to complaints.  A gay man contacted the woman with a complaint in direct response to her offending statements.  I don’t know exactly what he said, but this is what he received:

i have gay friends, but i don’t need that kind of unknown drama element around me as i know how it can be at times. no thanks. just like i don’t want someone drunk or on drugs at the sale. homosexuality is a sin and i won’t stack up your sin against mine, but i can choose the type of people to whom my belongings will end up with … and what i’m supporting with that action. i cannot support homosexuality bc i feel it robs true soul mates from being with one another. nature / God / whatever one may believe intended one man for one woman. period. jmho. don’t hate me, i tolerate that these things exist … the only thing i have no tolerance for is islam … which, i would hope as a gay man you would also not tolerate (since they think all of you should be killed and i think that is WRONG).

Gawker joked that if it was serious, perhaps the woman is “really upset because some gay people stole the shift key off her computer and she can no longer type capital letters.”  I wonder what Muslims broke, because she’s willing to forgive gay people if they unite with her against Muslims and possibly, the job-stealing undocumented immigrants too.

It has been pointed out that an actual hate-monger probably wouldn’t use the term “LGBT,” which leads people to suggest that it is in fact a prank.  I sure hope so!  Unless this is a prank, undocumented queer Muslims will have to leave it to the others to pay for this house.

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Anurag is a queer, feminist, social worker-to-be. Currently residing in the cornfields of Illinois.  Fierce, emotional and reclaiming the brown-ness. 

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