It seems ironic to me that we see Gay Pride Month in with headlines that tell of a renewed push for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Alongside that, we have the recently passed immigration bill, and its provision for officially declaring English our "national language", a provision that a Philly cheesesteak vendor takes too seriously. And with the World Cup competition impending, we note the prevalence of anti-black sentiment among soccer fans.What is going on?
We made great progress in the 1960s and 1970s in the acceptance of racial, cultural, and social diversity. It seemed that in the 1980s and 1990s we had a solid stance, a clear intolerance for intolerance. I remarked a few years ago that we'd come far enough that I saw a TV ad showing an interracial family enjoying the advertised product, and it was presented to us casually, as a normal, acceptable thing. And I rejoiced. We see black, hispanic, and gay characters on TV and in movies, depicted as just... characters... without their being shown to us as people unusual or different. I thought we had cracked the "diversity" nut.
And then, the other day I saw someone wearing a t-shirt that said
It's still A-MER-ica, not A-MEX-icaAnd I matched that shirt with the news items above, and I wondered: What has happened? What has turned us back in the wrong direction? And how do we turn back to the right path?
Stop the flood of illegal aliens before it's too late!
On this I have a lot of questions, and no answers. One can't force people to be accepting, or even tolerant. At best, one can prevent people from acting on their intolerance, but one can't control how they think. How can we influence that thinking, so that people want to be more accepting?