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Stop Discriminating Already!

Stop Discriminating Already!

Last Saturday, the annual Pride Parade was held in San Francisco and, while I didn’t attend this year, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the struggle to legalize same-sex marriage and to put an end to discrimination and homophobia.

The question I find myself wondering is, when will we finally get it through our thick skulls that all people are equal? The battle being fought against homophobia is the same battle that was – and still is – fought against racism and misogyny. It’s as if we have to go through the same debate over and over. How is it that opponents of same-sex marriage and those who harbor biased opinions fail to see the historical parallels?

I understand that, when people are raised to believe their way of life is the only morally acceptable one, they are quick to discriminate against others. And I know that many people who don’t have the opportunity to be exposed to ways of life different from their own are not given the chance to meet new people and, as a result, learn and grow. But seriously, is it that hard to grasp the concept that we’re all just people?

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

So very true although it seems than humankind will find many things to quibble about, if we were all one sex, colour and hair colour one suspects that some would discriminate if some were blue eyed and the rest brown or green eyed,

It makes no sense to discriminate against others for same sex marriage any more than for colour, sex or anything else.

1:54PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Sarah, this was nicely written. Thank you. The interesting part is that even people who have suffered other types of discrimination discriminate. It's so ingrained in human culture and having an agreement about what is discriminatory is difficult to define.

In all though, allowing same-sex marriage is certainly a positive step towards a healthier world - isn't refreshing to promote love instead of hatred?

9:05AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

thanks

6:23AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Can I hear an AMEN?

8:33PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Beorge W. Bush had the "us" and "them", you're either "with us" or "against us" mentality. His myopic vision put the USA back into the dark ages and many "God fearing" evangelical Christians
unfortunately hold the same mentality. The Bible thumpers who, for the most part, take a limited myopic view of the world and have a very misunderstood perception of the Bible. The same 6 passages have been misused for hundreds of years because the Bible has been translated into so many languages and, in turn have been interpreted into ignorant and uneducated versions for the micro-churches.
So we have the bastardizing of the Bible just like the pimping out of Jesus Christ by the televangelists whlile picking the pockets of those who can least afford this garbage. Hence, all of these guys have brainwashed their kin-folk across the North American continent into submission to chant the mantra that homosexuality is a sin when in fact, the Bible never states that homosexuality is a sin when in fact God has created hundreds of species of animals which are homosexual. They didn't get the memo about how they are an abomination... and they are living in sin.
Go figure.

8:28PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

noted...thanks

7:10PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Your comment about the historic parallels is fascinating, but, I think, that the people holding the various biases are seeing the world through tunnel vision.
It may also be that we are still stuck with an ancient group, or tribal, sense of "us" and "them," which aeons ago helped groups remain intact, and survive. If so, it would take a little extra effort to see past this.
And, then, of course, people are fed the propaganda of religious mythology, and told "ours" is the ONLY right way to see the entire world.

6:56PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

I feel like people have some deep and primal need to hate some other group of people, which is a shame because science proves all these hates to be illogical.

5:49PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Sarah Cook, I love what you said and how you said it. Thanks for this article. I agree with it 100%. When people we know make homophobic remarks or discriminate against others we know we have to, in our own way, remind them that we are all the same, as you said we're all just people.

2:45PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

A lot of people want to see the world as black or white, right or wrong and good or bad because of their religious beliefs or bigotry and hatred expressed by their parents. It is fear and ignorance that keep them from seeing the world as it really is and I find that extremely sad. Thank you Sarah for posting your thoughts and posing the right question, "How hard can it be to grasp the concept that we’re all just people?"

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