Can't say "Close the boarders". That makes you racist with an emphasis on Hispanic hating
Can't say "Reparations, hell no" or "Affirmative Action, get rid of it." That makes you racist against our fine African (mostly, but plenty of
other dark folks) friends.
Can't say "Israel is doing something wrong." Then you are an anti-Semite.
Goes on and on like this. This is much like the woman's movement where they pushed so hard for equal rights that they ended up going to far.
The whole equal rights issue is like a pendulum swinging back and forth, slowly coming to a stop in the center.
It starts off with the oppression and discrimination of one group by another.
Women were largely regarded as having no identity outside of their husbands. They were expected to do as they were told, bear and raise children,
and keep their mouths shut.
Black people were usually treated the same as any other farm animal and were subject to the whim and will of their "owners". They were considered
to be sub-human by many slave owners and, like women, had no personal identity.
Mexican immigrants are today's socially accepted slaves. Since they are paid $2 or $3 an hour and get to live in the US, people can pretend that
they are being treated like equal humans. A large portion of the US, is openly prejudiced against illegal immigrants, wants them all shipped back to
Mexico, and wants the borders closed. This is usually because they are "taking up all of the jobs that US citizens deserve". The problem is, that
most white Americans won't go out and work their fingers to the bone in the fields for next to nothing in return. They might do it if they were paid
the minimum wage and got benefits, but then everyone would complain about the high prices of produce, milk, etc.
Each of these groups are and were completely justified in standing up and declaring themselves free individuals that deserve to be treated as equals
of the controlling majority, which happens to be primarily white men. While it is becoming less and less necessary, affirmative action was greatly
needed not so very long ago. The average lower and middle class white population may not be feel like the majority, but the fact still remains that
most large business owners, colleges, politicians, and judges are upper class white men. People can claim that racial minorities would not be
discriminated against if affirmative action was done away with, but that is very unlikely to be true. If there was a black man, a white man, a
Mexican man, and a woman, who are all equally qualified, trying to get the same position or scholarship in a prominent business or college, there is a
greater chance of the white guy being hired then one of the others. I don't think this is as much a result of racism, as it used to be. I think
that it is just a matter of "birds of a feather flock together." I think that if the majority of business owners or colleges were owned/run by
black people then blacks would have a greater chance at being hired or accepted then whites, Mexicans, or women.
Until people voluntarily overcome the instinct to reject or avoid that which is different/unknown, there will be resentment and discrimination
between the classes, races and sexes.
It is a mindset that we have as a species. White men (not all, but the majority) have been claiming that women are trying to emasculate then since
the start of women's suffrage, that racial minorities are trying to take over and eradicate the white race since the start of the civil rights
movement, and now, many straight people claim that homosexuals are trying to turn everyone gay, in order to destroy the nuclear family, morality and
society as a whole. None of this is true, but I can see why some people think it is.
Think of the way we often react or want to react when someone hurts or wrongs us. Generally, the instinctive response is, "Don't get mad, get
even!" If we feel like we were unjustly hurt, usually we want the offending party to experience at least
the same hurt that they caused
The same thing applies to racism/sexism, but on a deeper and larger scale. Resentment and hatred for something done in the past, which was never
redressed, is repeated and ingrained in each new generation, often becoming more and more exaggerated. The longer it takes for the party that was
wronged to be vindicated, the more their temporary grudge becomes permanent.
The women who, originally, fought for their equal rights, didn't want anything more than that. But since they had to fight against so much
opposition and prejudice every step of the way, they began to resent their opposition, mainly men, and gradually the desire to make them experience
what they, as women, had experienced, instead of just gaining equality, set in. As those feelings intensified and became immutable, we saw the
emergence of the women's lib movement, and the "men are evil" feminist ideology. Now that women are starting to experience the power of
oppression, that used to be men's exclusively, we are starting to see things slow down and prepare to reverse. I think the pendulum is still in a
forward swing but it has almost peaked and will soon start to swing back toward a more balanced center point.
The freed slaves just wanted to be treated the same as everyone else, but even though they were free, they were still treated as inferior.
Eventually, they started wanting to give their oppressors a taste of their own medicine. The civil rights movement is not as far into it's forward
swing as the women's rights movement, so it still has a little further to go until it starts to swing back toward the balanced center.
The gay rights movement is just at the beginning of it's upward swing and still has a long struggle ahead of it. I think that it will follow the
same path as all the other equal rights movements have. Though, if the past serves as any indication of the time this process takes, it may be
another 10 years before there are any noticeable results.
The only way, that I can see, to bring a faster end to affirmative action, is for people to stop fighting against it. If we, as the majority, in
order to show our respect for the minority, were to stop pushing against them on this issue, I truly believe that they would no longer feel the need
to seek "special treatment". Affirmative action would no longer be seen as a needed protection against discrimination, because it wouldn't be. As
long as we continue pushing against each other, nothing will ever be solved. We have to give a little, if we want to get a little.