Keeping Up Appearances
The “I’m not a racist” crowd overwhelmingly voted for a black man for president, one who is fine with gay people as long as they don’t proselytize all the time, and pregnant women as long as they consult with their pastor/husband/parents before considering an abortion and, thinks it is perfectly okay to insult absent black fathers (thus, erasing a celebration for responsible black fathers) on the day that the rest of the country’s fathers are celebrating their fatherhood (absent or not). However, that same crowd voted for a constitutional ban on gay marriage (Prop 8). That same group of people decided that a system that disproportionately incriminates and imprisons people of colour for non-violent drug offences (Prop 5) should still go to prison instead of getting more treatment and less prison. In other words, “keep the faggots in their place and keep the scary people in prison.” But, “yay! Let’s all do lunch and talk about how kewl and progressive we are. There’s like this bohemian-styled sandwich shop that makes the perfect croque-monsieur that would be the perfect place to meet and mingle.”
Let’s not forget those little underage whores who sneak out and get abortions (Prop 4). They got by this time, but each time, three now to be exact, the race has been tighter, so with forty-eight percent of the voters wanting teenage girls to report to their possibly abusive parents, it will be easier than ever to get enough signatures to put it up for a vote next time. It is the old inch-by-inch technique.
It is just so typical of the top down model. The people who are structurally at an advantage garner points for looking progressive while the populace, the bulk, the volume, the sufferers are still mistreated and discriminated against. Image helps people already at an advantage; image does diddlysquat for people who actually need substantial change, you know substance over image.