There’s Something on your Nose

A couple weeks ago, Chick-fil-a became the center of a debate about gay marriage. Some comments were made by the restaurant chain’s CEO and then blown out of proportion by…well, everyone else. But especially the mayor of Boston. I read a press release statement from the mayor in which he prides himself of being very accepting of the gay community, even personally welcoming couples to the courthouse as they came for their nupitals.

A couple weeks before that, a professor at a Texas university released a study showing that kids raised by homosexual couples will have more problems than kids raised in a heterosexual relationship. One gay blogger from New York caught wind of it and sent a nasty letter to the university which then prompted the school to investigate, potentially ruining the guy’s career.

So what? you may ask. Am I trying to start a gay vs. straight debate? No. I just want to point something out. I want to point out the brown-nosers. I’ve noticed this regarding the whole gay marriage debate, that as the public opinion slowly pivots in favor of homosexuals, people seem to be going out of their way to brown-nose the gay community. The mayor of Boston took great pride in welcoming gay couples to his city’s courthouse. Did he welcome straight couples, too? If the Texas prof had written a study showing that children in regular homes suffered worse, would the university have brought down the ax?

There’s a certain injustice to this whole “let’s give the homosexuals whatever they want!” mentality. Would the mayor of Boston have welcomed African American couples to the courthouse in the 60’s? When we shoved Native Americans into reservations, did we throw them a party?

I think it’s ironic, really. The LGBT community claim they want their love to be treated like normal people’s. And yet, at every new turn they’re treated like rich kids at a prestigious school. The red carpet is rolled out, the special treatment is laid on. Have the homosexuals suffered their injustices? Yes. Have they suffered more than other groups who’ve come before them? I dare say no. So the point? If you’re going to brown-nose gays, why don’t you spread the attention to other oppressed groups, too.

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5 thoughts on “There’s Something on your Nose

  1. Are you saying that because out-groups have been treated poorly in the past that they should continue to be treated poorly in the present?

    1. definately not! I was saying we should be a little more fair. So much attention is given to the homosexual community because they’ve been “oppressed” and should be compensated for that. Ok, understandable. But what about other oppressed groups? I’m saying we should give them just as much attention because they’ve probably suffered more oppression. does that clear it up?

  2. Sort of clears it up, I guess. I think we are probably in agreement that oppression is always wrong. I think where we possibly disagree, is that I believe that although it is impractical to actively oppose each specific type of oppression in the world on a daily basis, it is still ok to for individuals and societies to be against any kind of oppression that is most prominent in their consciousness at that given time. At this moment in history, it seems to be gay rights. As you point out, at other times in history it has been African Americans and Native Americans and women’s rights etc. It seems that insinuating that people who care for their fellow humans (and “love thy neighbor”) are brown-nosers or “party-throwers” is to discourage love and compassion. People may not be perfect at giving all oppressed groups attention, but at least they are trying to start somewhere. Just my two cents. I appreciate your opinion, and your response.

  3. This might be a little of topic–
    I wonder if you ever been to a reservation or if there are any reservations in KY or the East coast. I personally grew up just a few minutes from a reservation in North Easter Nevada. YES, to people who Believe property is valuable, It is sad that people get their land taken from them and then shoved into a reservation camp. However I don’t believe it was entirely a sad fact for all of the Native Americans. I can’t give you a firm percentage or what tribes believed in this or not. However, The Americans were actually pushing the native Americans, who lived in a nomadic lifestyle –to abide by their law of having “personal property. Let us not forget that many of the natives were nomadic and haunting the buffalo. Many of them were probably not used to staying in one location. I do not know how the first reservation looked like, but the ones that I have seen are usually better looking than the surrounding cities. I grew up in a town where the majority of the streets were gravel roads and there were no sidewalks. On the other hand, when I would go on the reservation which was only a minute a way from my town, there was a huge difference from looking at the infrastructure of my city and their city: it was like night and day. They had nicely paved roads with sidewalks enclosing every designated lot. Even the shopping was better, people from my town would specifically commute to get their cigarettes and from the “Indian smoke shop” because they did not have any sales tax. This specific Reservation did not have a gas station but there was another reservation about an hour away nearby a major metropolis that had a gas station where everyone in town, especially, the college students would go to gas up because they once again did not have sale tax. Businesses are attracted and people go and shop at Reservation because of low taxes. This MIGHT be a northeastern Nevada phenomena but, don’t be fooled these people are actually living quite well “materially” in these reservations. I really think I probably will need to do further research on this group but these are my first immediate impressions of the socioeconomic condition of the native Americans in Nevada. I personally do not know how the government works in the indian bureau and how the money is distributed among the indians.

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