Wilson High School, in Long Beach, California, could have easily become the latest thumbtack on Westboro Baptist Church’s never-ending God Hates Fags tour yesterday. Students decided not to let that happen.
Of course, the organized counter-protest to Westboro is often exactly what this group of zealots is after, because it generates media attention, and in their minds legitimizes their cause. But the chance for some three thousand students to claim their school campus as a place of tolerance is a beautiful thing. Which is why we declare Wilson High the winners here, because Westboro actually helped students find an opportunity to come together — with signs, cheers, and camaraderie — outside of a school basketball game. They came together against hatred. And made a party out of it.
And that’s great education.