Who's The Next Target?

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    Sep 28, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    Randomly I was thinking about this today, as around a century ago racism against blacks in America was rampant. In later years when TV got invented, you couldn't even find a black person on TV and if you did it was considered "controversial." Eventually it got, for the most part, eliminated and the target of being hated on and a major issue became homosexuals as they became more outspoken and more realized (ie they stopped pretending to not exist). Now a few years back having a TV show about gay characters, or anything with gay characters were considered risque and controversial.

    Not so much now, I'm not saying that the hate on gays is gone but it's leaving so eventually when it does go... the old adage "history repeats itself" says it all. Who do you think will be the target of mass hate/discrimination on the level that blacks and homosexuals, that is, IF you think there will be a next target. Hopefully, things will change overall for the better and idiots in the world will give up this constant idea that "we must hate."

    Your thoughts?
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    Sep 28, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    In about 3 to 100 thousand years I would say the "supermodels" against the "gremlins" ...


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-489653/Human-race-split-different-species.html

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    Sep 28, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    Most television and movies are very careful today to not make gay jokes that come across as offensive. Fat jokes seem to be a-ok. They make entire movies based on making fun of overweight people.
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    Sep 28, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    I don't know about as targets, but I think transgender and intersex individuals could use some help to make gains in society as they often get sidelined.
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    Well I do think that transgender people may become the next big issue. Down the line they'll be more accepting of gays, but not that much of transgenders. And fat jokes have always existed. I never understood why people make jokes about it instead of saying things that will encourage them to at least take care of themselves.
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    Sep 28, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    IanJar saidIn about 3 to 100 thousand years I would say the "supermodels" against the "gremlins" ...


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-489653/Human-race-split-different-species.html



    H.G. Wells, 1895.
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    Sep 28, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    If you're looking at all of television land as one great big encompassing Archie Bunker, who does mature with the seasons, then as far as civil rights are concerned with regard to insitutionalized discrimination in the west, the LGBT community is probably the last big one to be fully endowed their rights.



    But there are still more subtle discriminations that TV might take on to help improve society. I can think of one offhand: Age Discrimination particularly with regard to jobs. It's not like they call you a fag or anything television worthy during the interview, what they say instead is that you are overqualified. By over, of course, they mean over 40. I don't know how that will play in sit-com.

    But maybe television can do a rewrite, picking up on the nuances of the new and improved discriminations society is bound to encounter as it moves towards its enlightened existence.
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    Sep 28, 2012 8:18 AM GMT
    Gun owners & other Patriots !
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Sep 28, 2012 11:34 AM GMT
    We have already created them.

    Benefactors of new freedoms create new demons - whether as learned behavior requisite for proper assimilation or as proactive defense against being sent back to a less than equal status. At the same time, their continued detractors - still angry over the new equality - only help them focus on their chosen object of derision in order to dilute power and progress.

    Witness, for example, the hatred toward gays being promulgated (and fueled by outsiders) from the pulpits of black churches.

    We need look no further than our own demonization of others to find who's next.

    In truth, we'd be stronger, gain equality sooner, were we to make allies of our perceived enemies, and pay attention to what we can do to help give them greater equality. But we seem to thrive on the stew of those who've been cultivated to be our enemies. Sadly, it's unlikely we are evolved enough to change that pattern.

    The new 'them' is always branded by the old them. It happens every election, every first day of school, every new recruit bus arrival, and every home sale.