First they came for the came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I wasn’t a socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me
I check off many of the privileged boxes and honestly alternate between wondering what good is privilege and feeling guilty for being born. I don’t feel threatened by others achieving similar rights and privileges that I have, equality only threatens those who exploit people. The only privilege I’m not willing to give up for greater equality is coming of age in the most media saturated place pre-web browser. Thanks to the internet most of humanity has that privilege through access to the entire world online but are seemingly even more parochial.
The internet should be something that brings us together yet it is being highjacked by those who wish to divide and rule. The internet and social media are being used to suggest people aren’t (insert social, religious, ethnic, political, etc group) enough. The latest, most progressive media and communications technologies are being used to connect regressives and promote their agendas. The example that triggered this rant being a tweet that bans Transgendered people from serving the Arsenal of Democracy.
The Arsenal of Democracy is something future tyrants need to neutralize before the next bid for world domination. Overpriced weapon systems, over deployed personnel/equipment, internal divisions based on gender, race, or orientation are all means to weaken the United States military. The argument for banning Transgendered people says they could disrupt unit cohesion. Honestly, who wants a Transgendered person covering them during combat? They might save your life and that would be terrible. Another argument is cost for healthcare, yeah USD$8 million a year is obscene, I mean that’s the same as 8 four star retired admirals/generals.
Maybe instead of a ban there should be separate units, like the 809th Transgendered Infantry Regiment, or the 5599th Transgendered Air Maintenance Squadron. As we’re going back in time maybe the 92nd Buffalo Division (Colored) could be reactivated along with the 442nd Infantry Regiment (Nisei) returning to Japanese Americans only. We mustn’t forget to reestablish the United States Marines Women’s Reserve, complete with MARPAT skirts, and matching handbags with heels. Of course these units themselves would have to be segregated so Transgendered Black people who like show tunes get their own sub-unit so they don’t serve with Hispanics who prefer Baroque Chamber music.
I served very briefly in the Canadian Army Reserves at a time when white supremacists and religious fanatics were trying to infiltrate in numbers. The era was clouded by the Somalia Affair, it was the racist that destroyed the Airborne Regiment, and they still lurk in every western military. It was listening to the white supremacist drivel in high school, along with what I watched/read, that made hate white supremacists and wish them all dead. It is racists of all variety, misogynists, homophobes, religious zealots and other hate mongers that destroy unit cohesion. You can never trust someone who believes in racial “purity” or stereotypes. In my unit a sergeant offered to take racists outback while their discharge papers were drawn up, not sure if any took the offer.
It is easy in this era to suggest the slippery slope, downfall of civilization, and other chicken little cliches. The fact is LGBQT people are some of the most vulnerable in society, the canaries in the coal mine to use another cliche. The “perverts” are always easy targets for groups using thought control disguised as “morality”. Who are these people appointing themselves as judges of morality? From what I see some are jealous of people who find themselves, find love, or find consenting adults to have fun with.
Being Transgender, or any of the other identifying attributes being used to persecute, is/are ridiculous as persecuting people who dislike bacon, like Belgian dessert beers, wear socks inside out, spell the Canadian way, prefer transit to cars, doesn’t know the difference between baseball and watching paint dry, or accountants. There are countless ways we could divide people, which reminds me of The Sneetches by Dr Suess.
So my title question: Will pink Triangles be Next? Today the pink triangle is a symbol of pride, co opted from the original use as an identifier of some one “perverted”or sub-human. When those wearing the pink triangle, or rainbow, or Star of David, or hijab, or socks turned inside out are being rounded up and sent to “re-education” centres are we going to shrug and say I’m not one of them? Right now it is Muslims, Transgender people, and a few other easy targets. Right now it is the tip of the salami being sliced, but how long before those who hate equality and human rights fabricate an excuse to come for you?