UndercoverMan saidBigotry and hatred are as old as humankind. Be prepared for more and worse as gays are afforded the civil/human rights that should have been theirs all along.
THIS demonstration is meaningless because no one is directly diminished by it.
Now if there developed a grand conspiracy to remove "gays" from their well-paid employment and leave them no recourse, then...
Perhaps as meaningless as a cross burning?
Am about the PRACTICALITIES of living my life. All of the cross and church burnings merely remind me of what I already know of racial relations in the US. In the meantime, MY life goes on and I need to concentrate on moving forward.
At least you have not had to deal with LYNCHINGS. This STILL happens to blacks...but never to "gay" white men...so you need to be circumspect.
Plenty of gays have been beaten or killed due to their sexuality, especially transgendered. This is a petty argument. It's like saying "my cancer affects me more than your cancer affects you..." its both cancer. Both blacks and gays experience pain and discrimination. And it's all terrible. It's ok to find common ground sometimes.
If you were just 10 years older, your perspective on the racial dilemma versus the "gay" dilemma would be MUCH different.
You and I share in the "gay" dilemma...what befalls (or can befall) any of these men can happen to us because ALL of us are attracted to other men. So, the burning of that rainbow bench is equally directed at you and I as it is to these white "gays".
But until I read about it here, I had no idea that the bench was burned. And even so, my life is entirely unaffected by it.
But the "black" dilemma is not the same. The source of active, life-diminishing racism in the United States rises from white men. Despite the social scheme APPEARING to be all about equality right now, it really is not. White men still rule, still dictate policy. There is no separate social reality for non-white Americans. The conditions now are the same as they have always been. Obama is president and black and ethnic Latinos still earn 70% of whites for the same work--policy by white men. Non-whites will be the last chosen for high-paying progressive positions and the first to be let go, compared to whites. It has ALWAYS been this way and there is no reason for it, in the best interests of whites, to change.
Sitting there taking a Pollyanna/Uncle Tom view as if all struggles are the same was never the answer in the past and is certainly NOT the answer now.
I wager that virtually all of these white "gay" men have lived easygoing, socially untroubled lives. If they hear about some "gay" tragedy, they may speak of it but I bet none of them have personally faced those tragedies.
It can be heard in their dialog, in how callously they speak to each other. There is rarely any empathy in here. It is ALL about bodies, appearances and a presumption that they are at the top of the pile.