More Myths

Kwame Anthony Appiah writes:

>>Today, a new generation of political and social activists are inclined to speak of “allyship,” by which they typically mean an arrangement where prospective allies submit to the direction of the marginalized group, like deferential guests in someone else’s home. The vision here is remote from true coalition building, from a partnership of mutual respect, from a politics grounded in overlapping moral perceptions.<<




And again:

4 Comments for “More Myths”

  1. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    The “Christian Right” — that is, the political movement among conservative Christians that developed during the Reagan years and aligned firmly with the Republican Party — emerged not out of opposition to Roe v. Wade or out of opposition to the post-Stonewall gay rights movement, no matter how hard the mythmakers on the right try to spin the history.

    The “Christian Right” movement emerged because Brown v. Board mandated desegregation of schools and subsequent decisions put teeth in the 1954 decision.

    That fact has been well documented. Randall Balmer wrote a concise summary of the rise of the “Christian Right” in Politico a few years ago: The Real Origins of the Religious Right: They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record’s clear: It was segregation..

    The summary is well worth taking the time to read.

    • posted by Kosh III on

      Quite right Tom. “Christian” academies/schools sprang up like weeds, as did home-schooling. We are reaping the fruits of this now with Fox-addled ignoramuses everywhere.

  2. posted by Mike King & David "TJ" Bauler on

    Stonewall [riots] was significant because the LGBT people involved were generally lukewarm — at most — to get involved with the work of changing laws and attitudes. The riots made lots of ‘average’ John and Jane Queer see the need to work for a better world.

  3. posted by Mike King & David "TJ" Bauler on

    The first gay rights organization in America — that we know of — was formed in the 1920s and was influenced by the German gay rights movement that had been going on since the 1870s.

    In Germany, enough Social Democrats and middle class liberals backed the LGBT rights campaign. Albeit not without problems and complications.

    In the U.S. the two party system prevails and neither major party was especially eager to back LGBT rights. This left the issue to some third political parties.

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