Oh, Indiana

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The state of Indiana legalized discrimination last week allowing businesses to turn down customers for arbitrary reasons. Rumpus Essays Editor Emeritus Roxane Gay, who lives in Indiana, weighed in on the state of the state over at the Butter:

The Midwest, however, is not defined by ignorance. It has been wonderful to see the force of the backlash against SB 101 from the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, NASCAR, the NCAA, and corporations and other cities across the country. I don’t know what’s going to happen but it’s good to know that this intolerance won’t be swallowed quietly.


Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →