Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Discrimination is discrimination

It never occurred to me, even though I was a feminist, to report my co-worker for propositioning me practically every other workday when I was in my mid-twenties.  That may seem surprising, but what's even more so is the reason--not only was sexual harassment not illegal some 45 years ago, the concept of sexual harassment did not yet exist.  There was no name for what that low-life was doing to me.  Being pestered by a heterosexual male co-worker just because one was a woman was considered normal--that was just the price a woman paid for "being employed while female."*

And that's why I support the football players who are kneeling during the U.S. national anthem.  Decades ago, segregation was considered normal, too.  It should not still be the case that anyone who's not a white Christian U.S.-born heterosexual male who speaks English as his first language is fair game for discrimination in the United States.  "Liberty and justice for all" should not be an empty slogan.

As for the notion that kneeling during the national anthem is an insult to our military, what are they defending if not American values such as "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?"

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Aren't our constitutional rights what our troops are defending?

*See "Driving While Black."

Related:  My Thursday, May 16, 2019 post, "Re abortion-rights abolition quest: Only "dominant-class" males have permanent rights :( :( :("



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