On March 1, 2012, my Alma Mater college newspaper conducted a survey. I am all for promoting surveys, especially if they serve a useful purpose. This particular survey I found to be degrading and defamatory. Let me tell you why.
The survey read, “For Women’s History Month, [the name of the publication] is compiling data on feminist sentiments from the [name of institution] school body.” The survey went on to ask specific questions geared towards promoting feminism, or by answering the opposing answer, as you were given only two answer choices for each question, you are by default a chauvinist. This comes from an institution teaching cultural and societal tolerance, where offenses of intolerance have been strictly enforced in the past, including calling local police and arresting students for writing anti-Semitic racial slurs on bathroom walls. To me, this is inconsistent. The survey forces you into choosing feminism or chauvinism.
Where I take an issue with this is why does it always come down to one or the other? I adjudicate my position equally against the same biases as it relates to other matters that I realize promote prejudice—firmly and ardently. Whether the issue is of gender, politics, race, religion, or sexual orientation, to promote one side over all others is promoting a bias.
If Black History Month is allowed and White History Month is not, it promotes a bias. If an LGBT or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pride Parade is acceptable then equal time should be allotted for an SHS or straight, heterosexual Pride Parade otherwise it promotes a bias. A thing is only right and acceptable when it is in balance and aligned equally with its exact opposite. Woman’s History Month is right if, and when, Men’s History Month is acceptable. Black is right only when white is equally right. If you are allowed to voice your opinion about the incumbent Republican Representative, then others should be allowed to voice their opinions about the incumbent Democratic Representative. After the smoke clears, right is right and wrong is not right!
I am not so daft to not realize where the problem originates: in the voices of opposition, the voices promoting hate crimes, the voices of wrong thinking. African-Americans have the same civil rights as Caucasian-Americans. A member of the LGBT community should have the same civil rights as any other member of society. A Muslim, Hindu, or Jew should not be treated any differently than a Jehovah’s Witness, a Mormon, or a Christian. And let’s face it Republicans and Democrats, the only thing separating most of you besides a donkey and an elephant is a level of income.
Everybody is equal. The real problem is a little thing called respect. Foolishly, people of all colors, globally, in every religion, people of both genders, people on both spectrums of the sexual orientation scale, both Republicans and Democrats, and every other political party, Conservatives, and Liberals alike, filled with pride and ignorance are infecting society with intolerance and narrow-mindedness.
The same infectious thinking is what the college newspaper at my Alma Mater promotes with this slanted survey. I wish more people would listen and take to heart what Dr. King said when he so boldly said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [an women] are created equal.” Then Dr. King asserted, “I have a dream that  one day [we will] live in a nation where [men and women] will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Dr. King did not say, Rise up ye Black people and tower over all other colors of people. Rise up because your skin tone is more admirable and the world will take notice.” No Dr. King implored his people, all people of every color everywhere, to become innocent and realize skin color and genetics are not a choice, it is an aesthetic adornment and it is to be revered and not punished, nor is it to be suffered.
Dr. King spoke those words on the 28th day of August in 1963. It has been 48 years and 6 months, yet we have not realized Dr. King’s dream. Superiority has forever plagued humanity.
To play devil’s advocate, does superiority, which is the agent of bigotry and bias; have a legitimate place in society? I will pose a few possibilities. Superiority: to have the advantage, or to promote ones dominance, has led to the cultivation and evolution of civilization, and at the same time greed of superiority has caused the demise of great leaders and empires.
Our court systems and our legal systems are built on the premise of superiority. There is the Judge, the jury, the attorney[s], the witnesses, the plaintiff, and the defendant, in that order of authority and decent. Then we have the school system, if you live in a large city the school system will have various Chiefs, then there will be a Board then the school will have a principal, then a vice-principal and so on, down to the teacher and eventually the student. The Church is not without its forced restraints of superiority, each religion has its own set of hierarchal standards parishioners and followers must abide by. In these cases, superiority equates to a chaste system and to consent to the superior authority is recommended, encouraged, and beneficial.
What it comes down to is people distort the boundaries of superiority for the sake of greed, pride, ignorance and a lack of consideration for humanity. If you truly desire to stop the hate, then take a pro-active position. Throw away ugly words, deceptive thinking and bias judgment. I am not saying not to be proud of whom you are, I am just suggesting that we can all be proud of each other. As far as those people who you believe may be lesser individuals than you are, the drug addict, the alcoholic, the homeless person, the Liberal, the Conservative, the Gay or Lesbian, and yes even the one who thinks differently than you when it comes to religion, recognize their pride—on an equal level.
I would like to close with a quote from an Actor, Producer, and Writer who spent a great deal of time on the hot seat of male chauvinism in Hollywood when I was growing up. He says, “I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a person is, the more likely they are to have extreme prejudice.” Clint Eastwood.
This is the Stinking Truth and I am Dane Allen.