once gays are treated equally will everyone pretend they were on our side?

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    Apr 14, 2011 8:52 AM GMT
    I just watched an awesome documentary on the interaction between MLK and revolutionaries in India. It had lots of footage footage of all the hatred and racism of that time period.

    But then I wondered.......what the hell happened to all those angry racists? where did they go? they couldn't have evaporated. I know plenty of old black people (and other races) who remember fighting for rights during that time. Shouldn't there be an equal number of people who remember trying to obstruct them in pursuing those rights?

    My whole life I've never found some angry old white man who admits to hating minorities and the idea of their equality. But I know they have to be out there. Every old person I have ever spoken to has claimed that he or she was on the "right side of history." I'm sure a least one of them must have lied to me. Its just not statistically possible that 100% of all of them were conveniently civil rights advocates in the 60's

    So when I'm old and grey..........no. scratch that.....old and sexy, will all of these foaming-at-the mouth conservatives who rail against us in 2010 pretend like they were all supportive of gay rights as well when society gets tired of their shit?
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    Apr 14, 2011 8:55 AM GMT
    "Gay culture, some might argue, aims at making a certain form of difference acceptable within the mainstream, at which point it will no longer be needed and can disappear." (Brian Walker)
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    Apr 14, 2011 9:24 AM GMT
    Disasterpiece said"Gay culture, some might argue, aims at making a certain form of difference acceptable within the mainstream, at which point it will no longer be needed and can disappear." (Brian Walker)


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    Apr 14, 2011 11:03 AM GMT
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    Apr 14, 2011 12:12 PM GMT
    You already know the answer. We have the proof from the Civil Rights era--you'll never hear anyone admit to supporting Separate But Equal. But to your point--that same history is being used for gay rights causes. Trying to describe legacies to those who oppose equality, such as in this Daily Show quip during the height of DADT:
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 14, 2011 12:32 PM GMT
    They are still there, they are still in politics, still voicing their opinions in small towns across rural america.... they have just tapered their comments
    to what is appropriate (per society).
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    Apr 14, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    They'll lie and not admit it just like most of the 47% of the population that do not vote will never admit to it yet they feel they have the right to a political view, which they don't in my book.

  • bad_wolf

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    Apr 14, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    Some are too apathetic to care
    Many care but are too afraid to stand by us.

    In the end we're on our own and people will take on the social guise which is most appealling / currently in fashion.
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    Apr 14, 2011 3:49 PM GMT


    Of course,

    In the same way you love your friends bf until they break up, and then "well I never liked him anyway"

    "the gays" are expert at this. lol
  • Aus92

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    Apr 14, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    I think it will be the same as when gay people cone out ad people start saying 'yeah I thought that for a while! I knew he was!' when in frailty they had no idea...

    Or maybe that just happened alot in my school lol
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    Apr 14, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
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    Apr 14, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    dekiruman saidBut then I wondered.......what the hell happened to all those angry racists? where did they go?
    They have simply been silenced by anti-discrimination laws, just as the gay-haters will be once we have equal rights.
    They don't go away. They just go "in the closet" with their hatred.
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    Apr 14, 2011 10:50 PM GMT
    The civil rights movement in the US never really had many opponents other than the token politician. The real problem was the people who were just apathetic, telling people like MLK and Malcom X that they agree with their mission, but that their civil unrest was unnecessary because equal rights would happen in time, on their own. I suspect it's the same with the gay movement, where only a few are actively against it, while the rest just don't want to ruffle feathers.
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    Apr 14, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    To say yes is just delusional.