Blacks Then, Gays Now

My kids were born in the 1980s. When we taught them that up until the 1960s, blacks had to use different bathrooms, sit in the backs of buses, and go to different schools, they were incredulous.

“What? How did we get away with that? It makes no sense. All that’s different about blacks is the color of their skins.”

That was 25 years ago.

Let’s turn the clock 25 years forward. It’s 2037.

My kids tell their kids that in the 2000s, gays didn’t have the same rights as the rest of us, simply because they had different sexual orientations.

“What the heck? What business of anyone is it who people sleep with?”

People will be incredulous, wondering what was wrong with us.

One thought on “Blacks Then, Gays Now

  1. V.T.

    “In the middle of every difficulty comes opportunity.” Albert Einstein

    Your words and example are poignant.
    Discrimination and ignorance of any kind, at any level, speaks volumes of and only mocks the discriminator himself. We all have the opportunity to lead by example whenever called to do so. When the simplest most common sensical things take courage to enact, then you know, you are doing something right by acting upon them. I have no doubt, that the good people your children are, and their generation, will abate history’s sorted and repetitive errors.

    “A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet, is your mirror.” Ken Keyes

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