Why Do We Need Bigotry?

A couple of news items crossed my path yesterday that had a common theme … bigotry.  Bigotry takes many forms – misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia and more – all of it ugly.  The human species is the only one on earth that has this superiority complex, and I’ve yet to understand why.

A ‘big’ march …

Back in 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of a young, unarmed black man named Trayvon Martin, a new movement came into existence:  Black Lives Matter.  In the years following, there were far too many incidences of police killing unarmed black people with little or no provocation, and the words, Black Lives Matter, sometimes shortened to BLM, became even more relevant as we came to realize that the U.S. is still very much a racist nation.

But then, some portion of the Caucasian population took umbrage at the phrase and started their own counter-movement, ‘All Lives Matter’.  They questioned why black lives mattered more than white, for they lacked understanding.  Nobody was saying that black lives mattered “more”, just that they mattered “too”.  It was a statement of equality … a life is a life, whether the person’s skin is black, white, or green.  Since the beginning of this nation, people of colour have been looked down on by society, and the time is past for us to stop that!  That is what Black Lives Matter is about … equality.

But, it isn’t only black people who are discriminated against in this country.  Jews, Muslims, Hispanics … and one of the most misunderstood groups, LGBTQ people.

Back in 1970, on June 28th in New York City, there occurred what would become known as the first “Gay Pride” march, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  This was the birth of the Gay Pride movement … pride as opposed to shame or social stigma.  Like the Black Lives Matter movement that would come later, it was about equality.  But, just as with Black Lives Matter, bigots misunderstood the meaning.

In response to Gay Pride, or LGBT Pride, a relatively small group of people recently formed what they call “Straight Pride”.  But that “Straight Pride” movement is not about equality … not in the least.  It is a highly discriminatory movement, an anti-LGBT movement that seeks to harm.  Fortunately, the movement has not gained much momentum and doesn’t appear to be taken seriously by very many.

Last Saturday, a group calling themselves the ‘Super Happy Fun Group’, planned a ‘Straight Pride’ march in Dallas, Texas.  The group told their followers they were going to make a “mighty impact on Dallas” by marching through downtown on Saturday, “spreading the joys of straight pride” to all who would hear.  Dallas police took the threat seriously and had a dozen uniformed and plainclothes officers on hand to protect the demonstrators from counter-protesters.  The local paper, the Dallas Observer, sent a reporter to cover the event.

The turnout?  Three people showed up to march in the ‘big parade’.Dallas-straight-pridePerhaps there is hope for this nation after all?  Perhaps some people are getting tired of the hate and bigotry that is tearing this nation into bits?  Is it too much to hope for?  Yeah, probably.

A change of heart? 

I’ve mentioned before my aversion to certain businesses that engage in discriminatory practices, such as Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A.  Of late, Chick-Fil-A has come under heavy criticism for their anti-LGBT practices, including making large donations to anti-LGBT groups.  When Popeye’s came out with their chicken sandwich that is considered to be comparable to Chick’Fil-A’s famous chicken sandwich, Chick-Fil-A apparently began losing a significant amount of business.

Chick-fil-A announced Monday that it would no longer be making charitable donations to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army—two organizations with decidedly anti-LGBTQ stances.  However, in years past Chick-fil-A had claimed to have distanced itself from the anti-LGBTQ cause, but its tax returns told a different story.

Time will tell if the company has truly changed its stance.  I have my doubts.

Y’know, friends … we wouldn’t need Black Lives Matter or LGBT Pride movements if people just treated everyone with kindness, regardless of their skin colour, religion, gender preferences.  The world is a big, sometimes scary place, and life is hard sometimes for most all of us.  We’re all in this together, folks … why are there always some people who judge others based on the colour of their skin or other superficial criteria?  Isn’t there enough hate in this world without adding to it senselessly?  There is no room for this clannish, tribal mentality in today’s world.  Women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights … those should not have to be fought for, they should be the natural order of things.  Sigh.

27 thoughts on “Why Do We Need Bigotry?

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  2. “The human species is the only one on earth that has this superiority complex, and I’ve yet to understand why.”
    It’s really quite simple, human beings have devolved, along with a mindset that forgot who we truly are. Originally we came from the stars, love and light beings who knew our place in the universe. As we devolved (fallen from grace), reference the Bhagavad Gita, we are finally starting to emerge from the dark ages- the last period/ stage of the Kali Yuga. Ancient Indian mythology offers great insightful metaphors.
    Hindus believe that human civilization degenerates spiritually during the Kali Yuga. We forget our roots and only perceive the superficial, the mask we wear (ego) not understanding the play were all in (construct/ matrix).
    When we forget it’s just a role we’re playing, what happens? We start judging, comparing, discriminating, anger and hatred arise, we become polarized/ schizophrenic. We forget that our brothers and sister are a part of us… unity, Christ consciousness, our Buddha nature, LOVE. Hence all the problems in world stem from amnesia of the mind/ darkness.
    Not to worry, we are slowly emerging from the Kali Yuga period toward light. So if we somehow survive self-annihilation and save the world from global warming, then we’re good! 🙂


  3. You know I had a thought. It will seem weird to pragmatic folk who don’t give any credence to spiritual or other worldly ideas, but I’m sharing it anyway. While I am not religious and do not align with any particular religion, I believe in a guiding force for Existence and that such existence relies on the balance between darkness and light. The real problems arise because of fear of obliteration, yet neither can exist without the other. It is interesting that legends of visits by extraterrestrials of gentle, wise, superior intelligence have filtered down through many races across the globe since time began. Those beings are often referred to as the ‘grays’. I can’t help but recognize that ‘gray’ is achieved through the blending of dark and light. Just some mind ramblings of a very tired and equally discouraged wanderer in this dream we call life.

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    • Your mind ramblings are always a treat, my friend. I am very much a pragmatist … for me, seeing is believing. However, I am not so foolish as to discount that there may be more to life than … life as we know it on earth. I’m open to the idea of a spiritual world, most always have been. I don’t ascribe to the idea that there is some “higher being” who controls everything, but I wonder, sometimes, if there is more to life than meets the eye. Hugs, my fellow tired and discouraged wanderer.

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    • Thank you, my friend! I think that with 75 years between us and WWII, the Holocaust, and more than 50 years between us and the Civil Rights movement in this country, we are quickly forgetting the lessons of history. It doesn’t excuse the unrelenting bigotry we are seeing today, though, and I hang my head in shame for being a part of a country that is becoming increasingly filled with hatred toward any who are different. Is it hatred, or is it fear that manifests itself as hatred? Sigh. Time for coffee and deep discussion, coupled with some laughs … I need some laughs.

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  4. Jill, sadly hate crimes are on the rise here. Plus, white nationalists are recruiting boys as young as eleven.

    Today, Susan Cernyak Spatz, the oldest and very active Holocaust survivor in my city died at age 97. She taught at Holocaust Studies at UNCC and would show the kids her tattoo courtesy of the Nazis which read ” Protective Custody: Prisoner 34042″ in German.

    We should honor her and others who promote white nationalism. It is wrong. It is hateful. And, it has to be carefully taught.

    Since the US president won’t condemn it, we should. There is a huge difference in people saying “your rights are not as important as mine” and those who “defend their rights”. Keith

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    • You are right … white supremacy is on the rise, and the hate groups of all sorts are cozying up to young boys. On the debates tonight, one candidate (I disremember which) mentioned a young man who was recruited by a white supremacist group at age 14.

      I read the article in the Charlotte Observer about Ms. Cernyak-Spatz and though I’ve never known of her before, I mourn her passing. Very few who lived through the Holocaust wanted to talk much about it afterward, so she is to be commended for keeping the memory alive for younger generations. And now, very few who lived through that era are still alive. In another few years, there will be none to share the firsthand experiences, and … like so many other lessons before, they will be forgotten. It is already happening. I grew up on the knees of grandparents who had experienced it first-hand, and as a child it was so real to me that I often had nightmares about the Nazis. But, today, with none to share their experiences, it fades into the background, and we see the rise of such groups as Richard Spencer’s and others. You are right … we cannot allow Trump to make it “okay” to be a bigot … we must speak out.

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      • Jill, the torch passes to new generations to speak the hard truths about history:

        – the Nazi movement purposefully captured Jews, intellectuals, gypsies, homosexuals and expunged multiple millions of human beings calling them less than human. This is genocide
        – the American settlers committed genocide, as well, on Native Americans first claiming rights to land and killing the Native Americans when they rose up in protest.
        – Slavery has never been right dating back to the bible. It matters not who is being enslaved. It is wrong. Watching the movie “Harriet” about Harriet Tubman, the cumulative asset value of the slaves could exceed the value of the land which is why people wanted to maintain this sinful way of life.

        – Then, there are the enslavements and genocides around the world anc over history. Sometimes the enslavement is tying low wage jobs to people at risk. This is economic slavery. This occurs today in the US and other countries and is not restricted to the Jim Crow period.

        – Finally, we had the Lavendar Scare in the US, where homosexuals were fired from government jobs, even if they were highly proficient and experienced. This is after Brit Alan Turing helped shorten WWII, but had to hide that he was gay.

        Bigotry is not right. It is also unwise. If people are treated as possessions, then their intellectual capital cannot be allowed to flourish. Keith

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        • The thing that occurs to me is that, pondering on all the examples you give of man’s inhumanity to man … if the human species has been on earth for thousands of years, perhaps longer, and we STILL haven’t learned that superficial differences are of no importance … do we really have any reason to believe that we will ever do any better? I’ve pretty much lost faith in that happening, though I will continue to fight for it until my last breath.


  5. There’s going to be a lot of work to manage this planet as the problems with global warming start to hit. It’s going to be much easier to manage if you can call the man at your side a friend no matter his colour. And who cares if our friends are gay as long as they’re working with us. We don’t have to follow their ideas and they don’t need to follow ours but we each need to know we can trust the other. That should be the way every day.

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    • You are spot on with every word you say. In the next decade, we … citizens of the planet … are going to face challenges as we have never done before, and our only hope, I think, of being able to meet those challenges is going to be if we set aside our differences and work together as a team. And I don’t just mean my country or yours, but all the nations of the globe.

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  6. Great post Jill. I think we have made strides in this country. We really have. But, the bigotry and racism of the past will never truly go away, at least not while you and I are still breathing air. And it’s one reason why I wonder if Mayor Pete would ever have a chance in 2020. I’d like to think he could. But I just wonder what the Republican Party is capable of. Really, nothing is too low, as you know. I can imagine what an ad campaign would look like against the Mayor. I can imagine it, but I don’t want to. I would hope that America would give him a chance. But, as to your post, I’m just not sure we’ve come far enough yet. What do you think?

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    • We did make strides, my friend, but now we seem to be sliding back to the 1950s in far too many areas. I don’t think Mayor Pete will win the nomination in 2020, BUT … think about it … 10 years ago, he wouldn’t even have made it this far, he would not have been on that debate stage last night. And 20 years ago, neither would have Harris, Booker, Warren, Klobuchar, or Gabbard. So yes, we have made progress, but it’s far too little, and I fear that in many ways we are losing much of that progress. The Republican Party … sigh … I don’t even want to think about the dirty tricks they will pull out of their hat over the next 12 months. We might hope their voters are too smart to fall for their b.s., but … oh what am I thinking??? 🤣🤣🤣 😭😭😭

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      • You’re right Jill. I don’t think he’ll make it either. But, perhaps a VP slot? That’s quite possible. Yes, progress isn’t fast enough for most of us. But, progress nonetheless. The slow and methodical march of democracy continues. Once the orange man is gone, we can go back to speeding it up a bit!


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