If only Bull Connor hadn't died ...
Not that certain Roanoke Times columnists don't make the attempt, if ever so feckless.
We start with the obligatory:
So we are to be ashamed of the hardships brought on minorities by our ancestors of a few hundred years ago. Okay. Certainly not groundbreaking stuff there, still accurate just the same.
From imperialism to a nation of law
By Luanne Traud
[editor's note: Actually we start out with some boring blah blah blah]
... minority parties, two groups in particular, have horrifying stories to tell.
For Native Americans, the arrival of the Discovery, Godspeed and Susan Constant spelled the beginning of their end.
For blacks -- referred to in the Constitution as peculiar forms of property -- the story is equally as brutal. (link)
But in order to bring the argument forward to a century some of us might actually have some familiarity with, one in which we might share culpability - to slavery, genocide, etc. - what we are accused of gets almost laughable by comparison:
We don't condone violent acts upon individuals, but we haven't as yet backed away from discrimination.This is beyond silly. But qualifies as pathetic.
We amend state constitutions to provide that "marriage is between a man and a woman" to explicitly* tell gays and lesbians we don't approve of their kind.
We demand action be taken against "illegals" moving into our communities by requiring identification be shown by anyone who doesn't look quite like most of us.
We proffer that our founders practiced Christianity; most of us are Christians; therefore, we do indeed have a national religion.
We allow a school in Louisiana to remain trapped in the pre-civil rights era so that black children must ask permission to sit under a whites-only tree.
We go from the enslavement of blacks, with all the brutality and inhumanity that went along with it, to the notion of a - horror of horrors - national religion.** The genocide of a race of "indigenous" peoples (we'll save that argument for another day) to the shame of declaring that marriage is to remain what it has always been.
And that unspeakable and dastardly requirement that Mexicans enter the country legally - I feel just like the commandant at Auschwitz must have felt when he went before the tribunal at Nuremberg. The cruelty. The heartlessness.
About now, I feel like I've been lynching my field hands for having picked cotton too slowly.
If that ain't bad enough, there's that whites-only tree. Somewhere.
Somebody give me a rope. I may hang myself. I feel that guilty.
It must be tough to try to fit the mold of save-America-from-itself crusader in an age when we are pretty darn good to our fellow citizens.
* Actually we implicitly told tell gays and lesbians we don't approve of their deviant behavior. We explicitly affirmed the traditional state postion that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
** We'll fight that battle another day.