Gay: Not the new black

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It’s a sad day when people are so uneducated about their country’s history that they indiscriminately compare historical events and attitudes, when in reality, there is no comparison.


There’s a misguided movement within the LGBT community and among those who advocate for it to compare its fight for equality with the troubles of racial minorities who endured centuries of discrimination, violence the threat of physical harm, and in some     cases, even death.


Gay is not the new black.


Those who subscribe to the idea that the two are inherently linked need to ask themselves, “When, because one was gay, did he or she have to leave certain towns by sunset? When, because someone was gay, did he or she have to drink out of a separate water fountain from someone who was straight?”


When did a group of homosexuals have to be escorted into a public high school by the National Guard to keep heterosexuals from killing them before they made it to the door? Do straight people generally buy or sell gays like property because they don’t agree with their sexual orientations?


Have lesbians ever been counted as three fifths of a person? Has a single transvestite been denied suffrage? Is it illegal for a gay man to own land or learn to read?


History would answer with a resounding “No.”


Even groups like Westboro Baptist Church, which spew the rhetoric, which is perceived as the most hateful, don’t take to dressing in sheets, burning crosses and lynching those with whom they disagree.


It’s a slap in the face to African Americans in particular who, as a people, worked with the help of those who sympathized with them to achieve the near reality of a society where blatant racism is mostly a distant memory.


To compare the fight for marriage equality with the Civil Rights Movement is ludicrous and abhorrent to many people who’ve experienced true discrimination.


It shows a lack of ingenuity. There are thousands of people in all minority groups who disagree with the lifestyle choices of gays, lesbians and trans-genders.


Why lump them together and pretend they all stand for the same causes when in countless individual cases, they don’t? Further, who’s to say those of alternate sexual orientations can’t be racist?


Many who identify with the homosexual and transgender effort champion individuality and self-expression but refuse to acknowledge that many of the people in the group with which they try to identify passionately disagree with them. How’s that for profiling?


If the LGBT community expects its cause to stand, it needs a heavy dose of originality, and quickly. It need neither hide cowardly behind the curtain of misinterpreted history nor stand upon the platform built by those who fought literally to the death for a different freedom entirely.


The next time a crowd of gay rights activists takes to the streets of San Francisco, New York, Houston or Austin for a pride parade, to make certain the comparison is more accurate, they should ask the police departments of those cities to sick K-9 units on them and mow them down with fire hoses.

Author: Antonio Hebert

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