The Discrimination Legacy

Right after I published another post in my series on intolerance: Tolerance… Not! Nature, I came across some information that adds even more fuel to the raging fire burning in my heart. Do you remember my attempt to point out how silly and counter-productive our treating Gays as ‘unnatural’ is in my post Tolerance… Not! Gays and Marriage?:

This, I think, is the easiest of these issues to deal with. Really folks, aren’t ‘gays’ human too? Aren’t they just as deserving of ‘human rights’ as anyone else? And none of that ‘but it’s not natural’ crap. As any self-respecting scientist will tell you, ‘unnatural acts’ are impossible by definition. Now walking through the air from rooftop to rooftop would be an unnatural act! Are you, whom I assume want to be considered rational, really willing to admit that you’ve gotten all bent out of shape over things that don’t even exist? Perhaps you think that ’science is just another tool of Satan being used to trick us into doing evil.’ Well something is doing the trick alright, but perhaps we should look a little closer to home in our search for the villain. The fact is that homosexuals, bisexuals, and gender bending have always existed, and not just amongst us humans. Get over it!

Well guess what? The legacy of discrimination that Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals have had to endure has caused them to seek treatment for mental health related issues at about twice the rate as those living a more “natural” lifestyle!

In Gays, Bisexuals Seek More Psych Services, the author of a study done by the California Health Interview Survey had this to say in the article’s conclusion:

The pervasive and historically rooted societal pathologizing of homosexuality may contribute to this propensity for treatment by construing homosexuality and issues associated with it as mental health problems

Now I’m sure that some of you, who are opposed to these alternative lifestyles, will take this as confirmation that such lifestyles are the result of having a “sick” mind. I think that you would be jumping to an entirely false conclusion if you did.

I think that it’s far more likely that those living on the “fringe” went there only because they felt unwelcome in the main body of society. And it’s the feeling of having been “kicked to the curb,” by the culture that they were raised to love, that has lead to so many of them having issues with mental health.

But this problem extends far beyond the small percentage of our population that fall in the demographic of this study. Hell, the very reason for this blogs existence, and of the Tolerance… Not! series in particular, is my desire to point out the philosophical consequences of this kind of intolerance and psychological cruelty.

Our entire society has devolved into an assortment of isolated “minority” camps, seeking refuge from what they perceive as abuse and disdain from the larger culture. It has become an enduring national tragedy for which we have only ourselves to blame.

It seemed as if the whole country had a really good laugh when, in the aftermath of the LA riots, Rodney King said:

Can’t we all just get along?

But that guy has become the symbol for discrimination and mistreatment in America for a damned good reason! It’s time we stop laughing in the face of tragedy and start building ourselves a nation where we laugh at the things that are actually funny.

I’ll leave you with these two songs to back up my point:

The Alan Parsons Project – Don’t Let It Show

If it’s getting harder to face every day
Don’t let it show, don’t let it show
Though it’s getting harder to take what they say
Just let it go, just let it go

And if it hurts when they mention my name
Say you don’t know me
And if it helps when they say I’m to blame
Say you don’t owe me

Even if it’s taking the easy way out
Keep it inside of you
Don’t give in, don’t tell them anything
Don’t let it, don’t let it show

Even though you know it’s the wrong thing to say
Say you don’t care, say you don’t care
Even if you want to believe there’s a way
I won’t be there, I won’t be there

But if you smile when they mention my name
They’ll never know you
And if you laugh when they say I’m to blame
They’ll never own you

Even if you feel you’ve got nothing to hide
Keep it inside of you
Don’t give in, don’t tell them anything
Don’t let it, don’t let it show

Tears For Fears – Shout

(Chorus & First verse)
Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

(Repeat)

In violent times
You shouldn’t have to sell your soul
In black and white
They really really ought to know
Those one track minds
That took you for a working boy
Kiss them goodbye
You shouldn’t have to jump for joy
You shouldn’t have to jump for joy

(Chorus)

They gave you life
And in return you gave them Hell
As cold as I ice
I hope we live to tell the tale.
I hope we live to tell the tale.

(Chorus)

And when you’ve taken down your guard
If I could change your mind
I’d really love you break your heart
I’d really love you break your heart

(Chorus)

As an unwilling member of several of these isolated minorities, I think that if you can say you still don’t get it, then you’re either some kind of sociopath,or a bald-faced lier!

I want ice water.

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7 thoughts on “The Discrimination Legacy

  1. My opinion is the same as yours. Undoubtedly, though, you’ve been confronted with people who say the following response:

    “Letting gays marry will lead to other banal acts, like bestiality!”

    My response to that is that there is no way that an animal could consent, so it is in fact NOT the same.

    Just a thought that you might not have had… I told my boyfriend that and he was thrilled to have a comeback for people who equate homosexuality with moral wrong. If you write about it, just credit me. 🙂

    Oh, and I like your blog. 😀

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    • Thanks very much for your comment. You’d be amazed out how rarely people say they agree. IMHO, the most immoral people of all are those who grant to themselves the “right” to deny the rights of others. 😐

      If you like this kind of “against the wind” thinking, then I suggest you look at some of my other posts. The most “radical” ones are under the “Tolerance… Not!” and “Major Rants” tags. The posts under the “My Life” tag can help you to understand how I came by my opinions. 🙂

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  2. Haha, again, I agree with most of what you have said. I believe our only difference is that I am highly against Objectivism, which I can only assume you suport (see: Ayn Rand India in your blogroll.) Nevertheless, we can still be friends.

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      • I sit in a kind of “middle ground” between the rational nobility of the Objectivist and the slightly deranged, freedom-fierce Libertarians. What I call “a backsliding Objectivist.” I absolutely believe in the truth within the teachings of Ayn Rand, but I haven’t quite found the courage to turn my back on everyone and everything that I don’t care to support. It’s a work in progress. 🙂

        If you “agree with most of what” I’ve said, then your opinion of Objectivism cannot have come from actually reading Ayn Rands books. While I may not always be in agreement with Rand, it is my fondest desire is that I can somehow express my own understanding of the truth as I see it, and it just happens that my truth matches up with hers fairly well. I just wish that my writing skills could stand up as well.

        But this blog is first and foremost a reflection of my own opinions. I welcome any and all to take part in the ideas I express here. And the only requirement for that is an open mind, which I believe you’ve shown yourself to have. I consider anyone with an open mind to be my friend – even if we’ve never met.

        I am glad to have met you. 🙂

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  3. Of course if we don’t think as the majority does than we are ‘sick’ spiritually. It’s like that with everything. I’ve been called spiritually sick more times than I can remember.
    The ‘gay’ issue is easy for me. Ummmmmmmmmm it’s not my place to say who you love. I was allowed to marry the ‘person’ that I fell in love with. Essentially isn’t that what we all are…’people’ whether we are gay or straight? black or white or brown?
    Personally I’m dumbfounded why this issue can cost a President the election, why this is even an issue in this country, this free country. For a few or more years now I have been debating the type of freedom that our country provides.
    I’d rather debate what kind of health care they are going to give my Dad (since it’s pretty much nada) than whether or not person of the human race should be allowed to fall in love, have a life with, and love to death with.

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  4. Intolerance and cruelty – the twin tactics that every bully resorts to. They’ve been used throughout history to shut up anyone who dares to threaten the “established” order. And yet the so-called “conservatives” dare to proclaim themselves as our moral leaders. What a crock! 😡

    Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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