Musings on the intersection of Queerness, Race, and Culture

It has been a really really wretched week. I’m behind of bloody everything. Nonetheless, this one just kind of wrote itself.

(A bit of background – if you’ve not read this you might not get the full context for what follows. Or maybe you will. Hard to say.)

Colby Cash Minorities at war on Obamalands western shore

What? We’re all supposed to get along because we’re each (in our own, generally different ways) oppressed by a majority of Upper and Middle Class Straight White Men? What world are you living in? This isn’t anything new. One of the great powers of any oppressive group is the ability to keep it’s dissidents seperate and squabbling – that makes it difficult for real coalitions to form.
But for coalitions to form, those involved have to want to. Wishing isn’t going to make it so. There isn’t some secret army of love just waiting for the time to strike. Isn’t isn’t isn’t.

the Sad state of gay race relations
How about the sad state of human relations, period?

Dan Savage calls the Elderly on their general prop 8 vote.
*sigh* Look, if you’re opposed to it, then yeah, we’re going to be against you. It’s just that simple. What colour you are, what religion you do or do not practice, none of that should matter. For activists (real ones, not just those who blog about ‘activism’) it’s not as simple as that. If you want to actively change people’s mind about something, be it this or any other thing, you have to
a) identify who you want to change
b) target the identified
c) and by word and by deed convince them

Newsflash – this isn’t going to always work. People, lots of people, don’t like changing their minds. Lots of people don’t like changing their minds on things they consider fundamental (which is to say things that, in their experience and worldview, they’ve never had to question). Yes ignorance is a large part of the equation, but educating people about the issues of this or any other minority group will only go so far.

We want full civil rights.
Well no shit. I think it only needs to be said that everyone wants to be treated equally, with respect and decency. A worthy goal, among the worthiest of goals. (A pity then that human nature is involved. This isn’t a struggle that’s just going to fix itself one day. Homo sapiens and it’s predecessors have always regarded those that are different as potentially threatening or at least something fearful. That’s human nature. You’re not going to fix it so stop trying. Legislation is not going to undo upwards of a million years of primate evolution. It just isn’t.)

Everyone does, of course, deserve fair treatment, with the same rights as everyone else. This is a statement of ethics, specifically mine, but I think a lot of you agree. (NOT EVERYONE FEELS THAT WAY. The idea that everyone is worth the same as human beings is not universal.)

A great many people I know seem to hold the opinion that, eventually, some day, TBLG people will just be accepted, and a great many of them site the civil rights struggles (esp. of the 1960s) as an example.
1. Such a victory is by no means a forgone conclusion. Sorry, but it isn’t. The notion of a “culture war” really isn’t just a bunch of hot air expelled by flatulent neo-cons, there really are groups (multiple, Not Just Two of Them) in this country that are, in many ways, diametrically opposed to one another, in terms of goals, rationale, and – at heart – basic methodologies of thinking. Such a thing is never forgone.
And it isn’t as simple as GOP-Democrat. Period.
2. If you hadn’t noticed, the civil rights struggle isn’t over. Far from it. We’ve come a LOOOONG way, but seldom as far as many (generally white) people think we have.


~ by Auntie Ranty on November 21, 2008.

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