Detritus wrote:You're an idiot, and that's all there is to it. You claim to have spent years living and working in poor neighborhoods, and your older sister taught in inner-city schools in Milwaukee, and yet all you can say is "pull your pants up, dammit?" That's not liberal, nor is it conservative. It's full-on stupid and nothing more.
I was originally responding to the video posted by Howler, assuming you watched it. In it, a nun stands there and tells a group of students that none of their problems in life mean shit, because only black people really have problems. If you look like a lesbian and people discriminate against you, it's your own fault. You should change your clothes and the way you style your hair.
While I generally agree with the assessment that African Americans have a harder time dealing with discrimination, largely because they can't simply "quit being black", I had two problems with her exercise. First off, people are naturally going to focus upon their own problems before worrying about other people's problems, so demeaning one person's plight by pointing out that "at least you're not black" is completely ridiculous. So I guess if someone gets fired from their job for being gay, they have only themselves to blame. They walked funny, talked funny and dressed funny. Next time, try to be less gay. And who would know more about such bigotry than a representative of the Roman Catholic Church, right?
Secondly, there seems to be an underlying insinuation that discrimination is based solely upon racism, and I think that's bullshit too. I used the example of kids with their pants around their knees because I think it's overt and common, so everyone recognizes what I'm talking about. If you walk into a business, ask for an application and don't have the common sense to pull up your pants, don't come crying about racism. You may very well have been discriminated against, but "shitheads who can't pull up their pants" is not a protected class under the Constitution.
There are a lot of African Americans who are discriminated against based upon cultural idiosyncrasies, which may or may not be unfair stereotypes, but the point is that if you're going to blame a lesbian for being too manly, you ought to be able to blame a black guy for being too thugly. He doesn't have to walk around with his underwear hanging out, he chooses to.