Culture & Identity
Andrew Sullivan writes:
>>Those whose livelihoods are built on defending victims have an interest in sustaining a victim paradigm for gay America, in which they are the saviors. And victim narratives are comfortable. They allow us to avoid responsibility for our own problems, while transferring it to others. They evoke cheap but satisfying empathy. They seem to cast us as somehow noble for being “oppressed.” They actually provide status among today’s elites — and can help you advance your own career solely on the basis of your orientation if you want to go to college or get a job at a major corporation.
I think it’s time to shuck off this narrative, because it is a crude simplification of the gay experience, because it is profoundly out of date, and because it focuses us on other people we cannot always change while ignoring things closer to home that we can. What we need now, I think, is a narrative more productive and constructive, less about the harm the world can do to us, and more about the good we can give back to the world.<<
Transgenderism has transformed what used to be the fight for gay and lesbian legal equality. Now, it’s something very different.
Every time the old Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was poised to pass Congress, activists and Democratic sponsors changed it so it couldn’t win majority support. First it was a bill to outlaw employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and once that had enough Republican support to pass, it was changed to include gender identity, which didn’t. The Equality Act is ENDA on steroids, vastly expanding the scope of “public accommodations” to include creative-services providers (such as bakers and wedding photographers), gutting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and requiring that bio males who chose to “present” as female (no physical alteration required) be treated as women in all areas, including the right to compete as women in sporting competitions.
The GOP-led Senate won’t pass the Equality Act, and rightly so. But Democrats and LGBT progressive will say it’s because Republicans don’t oppose employment discrimination, as if it were the original ENDA.
And we’d see more of this:
Why Democratic Party thought leaders and the media elite are embracing him, and why they moved quickly to tamp down the left-progressives that didn’t find him sufficiently intersectional.
When they murder in packs like animals, you do, and if you don't, you're a fool. https://t.co/uZ37vewRxT
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) April 6, 2019
Calling members of a gang that has beheaded people and ripped out hearts “animals” should not be controversial.
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) April 6, 2019
Now do babies in the womb, Pete. https://t.co/Yv7ERGdPSM
— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) April 6, 2019
You support late term abortion. Sit the heck down. https://t.co/aF6Rb0Jqgq
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) April 7, 2019
Also of interest as regards culture watching:
Jussie Smollett, the most privileged man in America.
None of this is normal—even for Crook County where I was an Assistant State’s Attorney. Educated guess: this hoax implicated someone very important who had pull with the State’s Attorney, and who very badly did not want to be implicated. https://t.co/HyACqBMGoW
— Randy Barnett (@RandyEBarnett) March 27, 2019
The problem in the Smollett case is not so much that the sentence is light as it is that there's no conviction at all. They've allowed him to continue his hoax, helped him even.
— Bradley Campbell (@CampbellSocProf) March 27, 2019
Which was the point.
As for WHY they were dropped — you’ll recall State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the case. She reportedly had asked cops to stand down at the behest of Tina Tchen — Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff and a friend of Jussie’s family.
With friends in high places Smollett again proclaims he’s innocent despite the grand jury indictments on 16 felony counts that will now go unprosecuted.
This is Obama Country. https://t.co/xq7MYNbT3G
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) March 26, 2019
And isn’t it racist for Rahm Emanuel to call the Attorney’s Office dropping all charges “a whitewash of justice”?
More. Maybe GLAAD will honor him. After all, as previously noted:
“Jussie Smollett was victimized first in a hate-motivated and violent attack in Chicago and has since been doubly victimized as the subject of speculation by the media industry and broader culture,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, said in a statement. … “GLAAD joined with Color of Change to condemn the racism and homophobia that fueled the physical violence against Jussie and today we double down on that stance, while also calling out a culture where LGBTQ people of color are too often the last to be believed.”
Unless some better explanation surfaces, here’s the lesson of this weird turn in the Smollett case:
You can contrive a hate crime, make it a national news, get caught and-if you are a well-connected celebrity-get off for $10K and have your record expunged and files sealed.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 26, 2019
Hmm: "The initial correspondence started when Michelle Obama's former CoS Tina Tchen, emailed Foxx to say that she was reaching out on behalf of Jussie's family to express "concerns" they had with how the investigation at that point was being handled"https://t.co/ManiBniMSb
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) March 27, 2019
Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff calls up the state’s attorney, the state’s attorney hands off the case to her assistant, and the assistant gives Smollett the deal of the century. And all of this is so egregiously, transparently corrupt that mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is spitting hot fire over this, as is Obama’s former chief strategist David Axelrod.