Microaggressions

While I welcome a majority of the new laws to be implemented this year, I don’t quite understand the required teaching of Gay/Lesbian contributions. Starting 2012 students in California must “receive mandatory lessons” in History classes about Gays and Lesbians, and a ban will be enforced on “teaching materials that reflect poorly on gays.” While I understand the teaching of cultural advancement, …I don’t get how California’s government can justify the need for this. What we want is for Gays, Lesbians, and Straight people to live together in harmony; how does separating their accomplishments do anything good, at all? Is there a “Straight Peoples’ Accomplishments” section in History books, or is that NOT required?

Facebook status of a classmate. 


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February 6th, 2012 | Comments (3)

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  1. Jessie:

    The point of Gay and Lesbian materials is just like that of African American materials. Just as they are in the history books, GLBTQQIA is a culture and must be recognized. It is not an attempt for separation but awareness of history. It is in our history that GLBTQQIA persons have been treated unfairly just as African Americans have. If this is not taught how do we learn of our history and learn from it. Do straights need to come out? It is automatically assumed (still to this day) that a baby is straight when it comes out of the womb. Why is this? And why does society feel the need to give the baby a gender as soon as it enters the world as well. Anyway, the point is that GLBTQQIA persons have been discriminated against just as African Americans have. I hope that sheds a little light on why it needs to be in the history/material books. If you want to discuss more about this please let me know. If you have any other questions contact me at jernst07@winona.edu. I know a lot about GLBTQQIA.

  2. ToruKun1:

    Straight people’s accomplishments in history books = THE WHOLE FUCKING BOOK

  3. ZKR:

    Jessie,
    It’s great that you want to help people understand this stuff. But I’m afraid you’re probably speaking mostly to the choir here. This statement doesn’t come from the person who submitted it to microaggression, it comes from the person’s classmate (as indicated at the bottom, after the quotation). The person who did submit it was probably hurt or offended by the original statement, which is why they would have submitted it in the first place, as an example of a “microaggression” against GLBTQQIA people.

    I’m impressed (though glad) that there is any place that teaches GLBTQQIA issues in history at all. I wish there were more places that would also teach about people with disabilities in history, as we too face a lot of discrimination and have our own history of civil rights battles in many countries around the world. But even people who normally pay attention to other civil/human rights struggles often overlook disability rights.

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