Oh happy day! The US House of Representatives passed the Equality Act yesterday. This is excellent news. It means more equality for everyone. It means groups that have been treated abominably would now get to be treated a little more like you and me. That’s fair. Everyone should be treated the same with regard to employment, housing, loans, public accommodations and education, right?
This seems like common sense to me. Would you be able to look someone square in the eye and say, “You don’t deserve what I deserve because I don’t like who you are?” If that is your stance, you’re an animal, in my opinion. You should be ashamed.
The sad thing about the Equality Act is that it shouldn’t even be necessary. The idea that everyone should have certain rights should be a no-brainer. But since so many people discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and can’t understand why their bad behavior hurts all of us, it requires legislation.
Some people view equality as competition. If we all have the same rights to rent an apartment, then there will be more competition for that apartment, so let’s knock a few of those competitors out of the running. That says a lot more about your level of greed than it says about basic human respect.
I view equality as a level playing field. Less pressure on everyone, actually. If I’m meant to get that apartment, I’ll get it. I don’t want to have to cheat to get ahead. I’d much rather be able to hold my head up. I carry a lot of guilt for the privileges I haven’t deserved.
Just by dint of being a non-violent, law abiding human on this earth, you should automatically have the same rights as everyone else. If you disagree with that, you probably haven’t read down to this paragraph anyway.
Unfortunately, the legislation will have a tough time getting through the Senate. That goes to show you what an appalling state American politics finds itself in right now. But then, we’ve been trying to pass the Equal Rights Amendment since 1972, and look where that has gotten us so far. (Nowhere.)
I’m in the fortunate position of having reasonable Senators representing me. If you aren’t as lucky, maybe it’s time you have a little chat with them. For all of us.
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