I’m not one to quote Scripture, but I’ll do it because Colbert has, and it’s fucking important. Tomorrow I will discuss Tyler Clementi. Tomorrow, I will discuss why he felt that life was no longer worth living. Tomorrow, I will discuss why blue-ribbon schools produce sociopaths. And then I will talk about what a dearth of love there is in the world, that such things are allowed to happen.
But in the meanwhile, I’m going to cry my eyes out, because such things should not be happening on my college campus. I understand how high schools could have produced such assholes, but I do not understand why it had to happen at a college, which at the very least is supposed to be an improvement on high school. I’m in such shock. For people who think it is ridiculous that I should be this shocked about a person completely unrelated to me, I give you the awesomeness that is Stephen Colbert.
When asked by Representative Chin (CA-33) why Colbert devoted his time to the migrant cause, the former Sunday School teacher responded: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew, 25). It was an incredible, quiet moment of testimony that gave the Scripture-loving political bigots a moment of stunned pause.
I would like to think that — given a change of preposition from for to to — the statement would be the same. Whatever was done to Clementi was a grave harm done to everyone who has suffered as he had, powerless and incapable of capturing the attention of others. Instead, Colbert reminds us that whomever we fight for has to be first (and foremost) for the least of our brothers. Because if we don’t, we cannot wash the blood off our hands.