With the rash of state legislatures eager to pass bills that clearly disenfranchise members of the LGBT community, I thought I’d take the opportunity to call BS. While I’m disgusted by the legislative actions of states like North Carolina, Mississippi, and almost Georgia, I can’t say I’m all that surprised. History in the U.S. has countless examples of what happens when this country finally takes steps toward equality for all.
For example, in 1865 the 13th Amendment was ratified, and officially ended the long standing practice of slavery. While that was most assuredly a victory for the freedoms of blacks, their victory was tainted by the emergence of several Jim Crow laws across the South. And those laws were compounded by the infamous ruling of the Plessy v. Ferguson case. Despite the ignorant opinions of some in this present day and age, we all should know by now that separate and equal is never okay.
Then during the 1950s and 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement brought about more reformative change for minorities. Brown v. Board of Education, The Civil Rights Act, and The Voting Rights Act, all paved a way to help level the playing field for all those that don’t identify as white men. Unfortunately, in came the highly politicized “War on Drugs.” I’ve known for quite some time, as have many people, that this war was established in an effort to marginalize minority men and women. A former President Nixon Aide has even stated as much. And heck, the disproportionate amount of blacks still imprisoned highlights that fact as well. This is just another example of a systematic stumbling block in the path of progress.
But anyway, I give this history lesson all to say, I expect North Carolina to be joined by quite a few more states. Many folks in this country are terrified of change. And last summer when same-sex marriage was ruled constitutional by SCOTUS, I guess we should have expected the discriminatory backlash disguised as a protest for religious freedom.
I will say this however. Unlike periods of the past, today there does seem to be more on the side of change than on the side of unjust regression. I applaud all the companies and entertainers that threatened to pull out their business in Georgia, should the executive branch sign the “anti-gay” bill into law. Thankfully, those threats worked and caused the governor to issue a veto. And I believe it will be the same threats of protests from companies and entertainers in North Carolina, that will soon have the government there repealing it’s recently passed bad decision.
Due to the ever increasing diversity in the United States, there are more people ready to praise tolerance than celebrate discriminate bullying. I believe that even in the midst of black lives being lost at the hands of some members of law enforcement. And I believe that even in the rising popularity of Donald Trump. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, unless the voices of change and tolerance are expressed at the polls (not just during presidential election years), folks will be outraged by political systems that are historically opposed to evolution and growth.
As always nothing but love,