Equality is our right but are we going about it all wrong?
When Jan Moir wrote that infamous article I felt as disgusted as many of you. Without a shred of evidence she tarnished the memory of a man who died of nothing more sinister than an undetected chest complaint. The latest controversy hurtling around, is the AA Gill article published in The Times. At first read I was horrified. I honestly couldn't believe it had even made it to print, but then I stopped, and thought, and decided I wasn't so sure we'd been the victim of anything, other than the inappropriate use of the 'D' word , at all.
Now being equal to other humans is our right. That goes without saying. And being treated fairly is also our right. But without prejudice? Who can honestly say any group is really treated without prejudice?
So maybe a better way of achieving total acceptance in society, or at least as much as anyone else, would be to absolutely stand up for our civil rights and campaign to be included in everything mainstream society is, but equally to take it on the chin when we get picked on in a newspaper.
Generations of minorities have been the butt of jokes since time began. It’s the British way. And as long as those jokes don’t become something more malicious doesn’t it mean we are as accepted as part of this society, and are as fair game as anyone else?
Could it be that the more we insist on being treated differently the more we actually stand out as being different?
Let me know what YOU think