By rmrd0000 on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:47am |
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
-- Declaration of Independence
Reactionaries abhor change. When minority groups demand the rights guaranteed by the Creator or simply as being human, reactionaries push back. Reactionaries stand athwart history yelling "Stop". For reactionaries things are the way they are because that is the way things were supposed to be. When change occurs, reactionaries demonize the people seeking change. Minorities are criminals or terrorists. Women are emasculating or FemiNazis. Gays are depraved individuals who will rape children and destroy the institution of marriage.
There is no way to appease the reactionary. The attacks on marginalized groups will continue. Attempts to change behavior of marginalized groups is a wasted effort. The reactionaries hate that the marginalized groups are demanding rights. Reactionaries care little if the people making demands are in suit and tie or have low hanging pants. To the reactionary, those making demands are all the same. The men are thugs and the women are harlots.
Appeasement accomplishes nothing. Blacks cannot get white enough to appease the reactionary. There will always be a flaw in the black or Latino demanding rights. Gays will always be an abomination.Women will always have to know their place.
We we have unalienable rights. People who perform and listen to hip hop have unalienable rights. People who consider Robin Thicke a great artist have unalienable rights. People who love people of the same sex have unalienable rights. Women have unalienable rights.
People do not have to pull their pants up, stop listening to hip-hip, love people of the same sex, or be more submissive to have unalienable rights. Reactionaries will punch you in the mouth if you are a member of a marginalized group. They will punch Harvard educated blacks and Latinos in the mouth. They will punch poor blacks and Latinos in the mouth. They will punch black people who listen to Jackie McLean and they will punch people who listen to Kendrick Lemar.
Respectability politics will not save you. You fight for the rights of the drug user killed in the back of a police van in Baltimore. You fight for the rights of the Gospel drummer killed by an uncover police officer in an unmarked van in the middle of the night. You fight for people because when you don't you personally run the risk of being targeted. Just ask former tennis star James Blake.
We do not have to make concessions to gain inalienable rights. Those rights are our birthright. Anyone who sets conditions on those rights is in error.