One may have noticed a propensity among gay rights advocates to compare their “civil rights” struggle to the civil rights struggles of the descendents of slaves. Mr. Adam Thomason provides five reasons why the comparison of the struggle is invalid. The article is worth a full read and thoughtful consideration… which is more than many of those in the comments section have given it… but the short version is this:
- Laws have never mandated “heterosexual only” and “gay only” water fountains, diners, buses, schools,
- Homosexuals have never been snatched away from their families at birth for the purpose of division and dehumanization.
- Homosexual men/women have never been targeted for slavery because of their sexual orientation
- Homosexuals have never been denied their citizenship by laws of the United States because of their sexual orientation.
- Homosexuals have never been as a matter of law treated as property because of their sexual orientation
And the takeaway…
To compare the struggle of homosexual men/women to that of African Americans is more than offensive. It’s wiping out 300 years of historical fortitude that saw a people fight to maintain the identity-legacy that was stolen from them on day one.
True, gay people have been beaten up for being gay; but that’s not the same as the lynchings, systematic abuse, and outright oppression inflicted on blacks by Democrats in the Jim Crow South as a matter of (Democrat) Government policy. It’s also true that Homosexuality was listed as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association; but that was probably due to psychiatrists’ experiences treating people like Andrew Sullivan, Deborah Frisch, and L’il Kiwi, so who can blame them?
Blacks had to deal with a segregated military, while gays were barred from serving at all. However, gays always had an option that black soldiers didn’t; black people can’t just be discreet about being black.
IMHO, teh gheys have a completely legitimate case for equal treatment under the law on their own. They shouldn’t have to lay claim to the struggles of African Americans.