Thinking Politically in 300 words or less || Legislation doesn’t changes Mindsets only Expression


Legislation doesn’t change mindsets, only policies expression. Giving gays legal rights doesn’t dissolve away homophobia. In America we believe that once legislation appears that addresses a social ill; everything changes. Seemingly over night we move closer to the exploitative utopia of our dreams where those suffering are never accorded their rightful status as human beings.

An Example

download (5)When I was traveling through the South I feel in love with the Racism there. It’s blatant it’s overt. I love that, because in NYC in Boston in many other places racism is covert. Many people will admit to the existence of racism but there are no racists to be found. Outside the south invisible spectres commit acts of racism. Racism here is inclusive of Asian, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs etc.

Policing words isn’t going to change; it only exacerbates the situation. There are some things that are better kept in the light, you leave things in the shadows to long and it starts to creep up in unexpected places.

The Truth of the matter is

Many times with couples someone grows tired of hearing some complaint. They outwardly agree to whatever condition will make the talking stop. They move through the motions for a while then its back to business as usual with some modifications to make it seem as if they have listened or changed.

As a nation we emphatically don’t want to talk about anything that will tear us away from our simulacra of life. It’s much easier to buy into and swallow the propaganda. It’s not just for racism, it goes for sexism, homophobia, misogyny, misandry, ageism etc. We push for legislation so we do not have to continue hearing about them and we can continue on with our lives.

Whaddya think ?

Mrmary

5 comments

  1. “We push for legislation so we do not have to continue hearing about them and we can continue on with our lives.”

    In some cases I agree with this. The majority can point at the legislative goals that have been reached and feel that enough has been accomplished. The danger with that is once this has happened, now the majority class can say “oh, we already have Law A and Clause B, not to mention Amendment C. If all this isn’t enough, then there’s nothing more to do”.

    I think this is where the idea of “special rights” or “more rights” comes from…an unwillingness to share or be empathetic.

    On the other hand, legislation *can* help. After all, it was not too long ago that neither of us would have been able to vote, MrMary. You for your skin color, me for my sex…without laws that prevented discrimination (and all the ridiculous forms it took), we still might not be able to. Does prejudiced thinking exist even now? Duh, anyone with 2 brain cells to rub together can see it is alive and well. But that doesn’t mean we stop pointing it out.

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    • Hola TarnsZ,

      I agree that legislation definitely helps. I can go to school and not be hung off a tree for being able to read. You can go around and be awesome as you are out in the open, but is that because of the law?

      I’ve been curious about this question for a long time because the law doesn’t protect. It seems to penalize after the fact. Like if a gay guy is beaten to death, the law at that moment of his thrashing isn’t protecting him. I think what protects people more is the communal mindset.

      How to tackle the mind-set of people? I dunno if I did a good job in the post, but I wonder about the nature of legislation especially since the voting rights were gutted. Even when a law is passed there is no guarantee that it will be enforced or enforced in such a way as to be a tool for positive change. There is no guarantee that it will endure through time. The common attitude towards racism, is that the laws were passed 30 years ago it’s all in your head?

      etc… Wondering outloud

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      • Hmm…so, similar to the fact that a person isn’t actually protected from their violent spouse just because of a restraining order paper? I get that, it’s an excellent point. And it’s true…after all, murder has been illegal since the advent of human society and yet people still kill each other.

        Perhaps it’s less the law itself than the fact that if even the government is taking notice enough to do something about it, then the citizens themselves are ready for change and willing to fight for it. For what it’s worth, I don’t believe something like sexism, racism, ageism, etc will ever go away completely. There will always be pockets of morons who teach their kids that hate is somehow a virtue.

        But on the other hand, our world is shrinking more each decade. There’s serious talk that within the next 100 years the human race will be so homogeneous that it’ll be weird to see someone with a definitive ancestry. This bothers a lot of people I know**…but is not having a defined white “race”, or Asian “race” or black “race” really so bad? I like my German ancestry and think my pale skin/blonde hair is nice looking…but it’s hardly something I’d miss in my own kids if I married a very dark black man. So long as the *culture* isn’t gotten rid of or the *history* forgotten, does it really matter what everyone looks like? Ugh, sorry for completely derailing your topic here, it all kinda just spilled out.

        **And for everyone who says “mixed race parents are so selfish, their kids are going to be bullied mercilessly”, that’s NOT THE PARENTS fault. It’s the fault of the bigots who are DOING THE BULLYING. Geez, not that difficult to understand.

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  2. Right on point, my blogging buddy! A great dissertation. Thank you for posting this! Much love and naked hugs! 🙂

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  3. You are spot in with your thinking and points in this post. Legislation doesn’t protect anyone but steps into the dark room with the light after the fact to see what really happened, what can be done about it.
    Legislation is a liberty trap. It seems to offer positive change—but a person changed against their will is of the same opinion still.
    The same people who would seek popular legislation to gain acceptance, and fairness through it, would be shocked if the tables were turned against them through legislation.
    If we choose targeting changing the majority in favor of minority issues, at some point we will be fighting against ourselves when what once was a majority now has become the newest minority and someone takes up the protective legislation banner again.
    In short history seems to repeat itself.
    Changing popular and personal mindsets in mass is futile, sending some thought and values underground by popular pressure hasn’t changed much….remember MLK’s dream of a less judgmental colorless society….it’s disappointing because society seem even more divided today, filled with resentment, despite legislation, it seem to be still holding onto those same opinions still.
    How it truly changes at some point if it even can–I don’t know…

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