posted on Jun, 18 2009 @ 06:27 PM
My mere 0.02 is:
I don't really care what you guys are saying about minorities and how they should stop complaining, yada, yada...but I would hope you would agree
that sometimes intolerance goes way too far to the point of restricting people's rights. Things that the constitution grants to every single man,
woman, and child regardless of sex, race, religion, sexual orientation. That's when intolerance becomes a serious problem.
I'm not too comfortable with the fact that it seems some of you might suggest that racism and sexism isn't a problem at all. It's just the right
to not tolerate someone. But, as I said above, it can and DOES go way too far.
I do believe that some people exaggerate when they say they are being discriminated against. Some people don't realize there are others that judge
simply by individual merits and, as a defense mechanism, accuse someone of discrimination. I think that too is a problem.
But, I think it's a fine line...people either need to not be too sensitive or not be too intolerant. What should be focused on are the real problems
like blatant and utter hatred against minorities such as gays, females, and people of different races.
I am a straight white female. I have it pretty easy compared to many. My only set back is that I am a female. I sometimes wonder if white men have
ever tried to put themselves in the shoes of a female, a black, a mexican. I could never imagine what it must feel like to be in the shoes of a black
female. Or try a lesbian black muslim female.
What I'm saying is that it's easy to roll your eyes when people complain of discrimination when you have never ever experienced it being the highest
of the high--a straight white male.
I can't tell you how many times I've felt a little ping every time my boyfriend or his friends or even people on TV and what have you make a
comment, innocent as it may be, about how I need to get in the kitchen and make something. It may not seem like a big thing but when you've heard
little comments like that here and there your entire life, it builds up. There does come a point where you feel discriminated against.
I'm sorry if I sound like I'm on a soap box but I just think you guys are walking a fine line and a little empathy goes a long way.
Here's an interesting fact:
There are currently 12,000 gays who were refused the right to serve their country simply because people are uncomfortable with it and apparently,
worrying about a gay sleeping next to them.
The military is having so much trouble reaching their quotas that they have lowered their standards to permit mentally and physically disabled people
and criminals join up. There are currently 4,200 FELONS in the military.
You can be borderline retarded, have a physical ailment, or you could have robbed a store at gun point, risk your very life and fight for this
country. But not if your gay.
How horrible for the government to say that your faithful, loyal service isn't worth it to them. I can't imagine what those people must feel like.