“For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait.’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ ”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
I’m sick and fucking tired of equal human and civil rights for non-heterosexuals always elusively being just somewhere up the road.
But what’s up the road is just a fucking mirage that, when you get upon it, fucking disappears.
If I hear just one more time the “argument” that we can’t give non-heterosexuals equal human and civil rights right now because right now we have other things to deal with, I just might go postal.
Two give just two examples, there is this (from The Associated Press today):
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s top military adviser said [today] the Pentagon has enough challenges — including two wars — without rushing to overturn a decade-old policy that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military and incites political and social factions on both sides.
Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he is working on an assessment of what — if any — impact overturning “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies would mean for the military and its culture. In the meantime, the Pentagon plans to follow the existing rules, which say gays and lesbians can serve in the military if they do not disclose their sexuality or engage in homosexual behavior….
During his presidential campaign, Obama pledged to overturn the Clinton-era policy and promised that gays and lesbians could serve openly in uniform. But he has made no specific move to do so since taking office in January….
Wow. Did the U.S. military bigwigs — most of them presumably straight white males, of course — say the same thing, I wonder, during the years before and after President Harry S. Truman signed an order in 1948 to racially desegregate the armed forces? That they had more pressing matters to attend to? That the racial desegration of the armed forces would just have to wait?
Stopping discrimination against non-heterosexuals in the armed forces does not require the armed forces to do anything. It requires them to stop doing something: to stop discriminating, to stop treating a class of Americans as less than equal.
Equal human and civil rights are inalienable rights, which means that these are rights that all individuals are to have right now — not at some vague point in the future when the majority oppressors feel that they have crossed off enough items on their to-d0 lists to finally fucking let some historically oppressed minority group have its equal human and civil rights.
There is nothing to argue about. Discrimination against a class of people in the U.S. armed forces is a violation of inalienable rights and thus is constitutionally illegal as well as morally wrong.
If the U.S. military truly cannot eliminate “don’t ask, don’t tell” while simultaneously performing its other functions, then the United States of America is frighteningly unsafe because its military cannot walk and chew gum at the same fucking time. (But don’t fear, because of course the U.S. military can end “don’t ask, don’t tell” right now.)
To give another more personal and more local example, on Friday I attended a small gathering at the California state Capitol to observe what would have been gay-rights icon Harvey Milk’s 79th birthday.
In response to the coverage of the small event on the Sacramento Bee’s website, some assbite dipshit left this comment: “Another example of how these lawmakers have their priorities all messed up and why our state is the way it is. Not only this but having frog jumping contests, etc., is crazy when they should be taking care of this budget! The longer they wait the worse it gets for the rest of us.”
You know, I highly doubt that even though the Milk birthday gathering was led by state Sen. Mark Leno, the gathering had any appreciable adverse impact on the state’s current budget crisis. My guess is that Repugnican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has been the state’s CEO for more than five years now since the gubernatorial do-over — er, recall — election of 2003, is a lot more at fault for the state’s budget meltdown than are we non-heterosexuals (and friends) who observed Milk’s birthday at the Capitol on Friday.
Another asshole left this anonymous comment: “With the budget crisis, why is the the state wasting money on this????”
My impression of the event — which, unlike the anonymous asshole who left the anonymous comment, I actually attended — is that the state most likely did not pay for the event, but that the event was paid for by a private party or parties. But not actually knowing whatsofuckingever who actually paid for the event didn’t stop Captain Anonymous from just assuming that “with the budget crisis,” the “state [wasted] money” on the birthday observance for Milk.
Further, if the state Legislature truly cannot walk and chew gum at the same time (as the U.S. military apparently can’t, either) — then we Californians are far more fucked than we even realize.
Where it comes to equal human and civil rights for non-heterosexuals, it isn’t about the money and it isn’t about competing priorities. Excuses like that are just a smokescreen for the fucking fact that the homo-haters just don’t want to grant non-heterosexuals equal human and civil rights and are just throwing out excuses to drag their feet.
We non-heterosexuals cannot wait for that day that will never come. The mirage just up ahead in the road always vanishes and then another mirage appears, only to vanish also.
If we non-heterosexuals want our equal human and civil rights — our inalienable rights that we should have had from Day One — then we need to fight for them, not wait for them.