I was browsing across YouTube a couple days back, (as any teenager with spare time does,) when I came across a video about Ann Coulter criticizing activists for comparing LGBT members to black Americans. As with nearly all Ann Coulter videos, I expected this one to be massively disliked followed by two witty top comments insulting her. You can feel my surprise when I found the opposite to be true. The video (which I’m sure you can find on your own) had mediocre dislikes and the top comments were two black users complimenting her, saying they too were sick of their history being compared to that of the LGBT community.
I’ll come back to this story, but it serves as a good jumping point for the rest of the article. The idea of groups needing permission to have rights within a community has its roots traced back to the rules of the rich white elite as justification for imposing unfair boundaries upon the lower classes. Since then, those barriers have been constantly stretched, but it’s really quite sad that they’re still not broken completely in the 100,000+ years Homo Sapiens Sapiens has existed.
Here’s a fact that everyone needs to know; in a civilized society, no one is born with any prejudices. It’s true, it’s very true. No child goes around thinking they’re above someone of another race, a dog, or a woman. Every prejudice and hate you see in someone is through conditioning, either by said subject’s caretaker and/or environment.
I’m really getting tired of going through this cycle of constant fighting with the conservatives (note, we have to use this term as the Republicans used to be the liberal party back in the day). This won’t stop, not till the end of time. I get that. What I don’t get is why these fights go on for so long.
Actually I do understand why. Here is the problem liberals; we are taking too long to act on these issues. Our late offence gives the conservatives plenty of time to establish a large base of supporters filled with all the nation’s bigots and jerks. We should have ended women’s rights back in the Prohibition Era, we should have tied LGBT rights to Dr. King’s Civil Rights movement, and right now we should be interchangeably using animal rights with the LGBT campaign.
Some of you may be thinking that tackling more than one issue at a time only causes lag within a civil rights crusade. This could be both true and false, but even with the former’s worst predictions, it’s still better than the current plan we have in place. Yes, more than likely you’ll see several years tacked onto the progression. As I said though, our existing course of action consists of these long, drawn-out periods followed by longer breaks. The solution is very simple; take out the middle man by combining several movements together.
Let’s go back to the story I was talking about earlier. I’m not trying to degrade slavery and the slave trade. I’ve read the history books and seen the movies; it was a holocaust and the majority of historians would definitely consider it the worst violation of human rights. But there’s something to note here; every group has had a horrible past. It doesn’t matter if yours was worse; these movements wouldn’t spring up unless there was a large-degree of civil rights violations. In just the mid-20th century we had homosexuals chemically-castrated for starters, and to this day animals are being horrifically exploited. Creating barriers to replace your empathy is foolish.
Racism, species-ism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc…it’s all the same nonsense created by bigots for bigots. As a liberal, I’ve made the resolution that I would support all civil rights, whether they be past (minorities, women), present (LGBT, animal), or future (A.I., plant, E.T.) issues. My friends, I’ll definitely go into more detail in later specific articles, but remember that what we do today impacts our future children. The previous generations almost forgot this, and their laziness has resulted in all these conflicts we face today. Let’s not make the same mistakes.