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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

TMM: Ridiculous Bans

"Why don't we exclude black organizations from the St. Patrick's Day parade? Black people can still participate but only if they don't have anything identifying themselves as black. White people don’t need to identify themselves as white. St. Patrick’s Day isn't about race.

See how ridiculous that sounds?"

I take this as a sample quote of the reactions I've been hearing about the (often Catholic) organizers' of the St. Patrick's Day Parades (variously, but in particular in New York) decision to not allow a gay pride float (under whatever title it chooses). A logical substitution of sorts, but not really logical since the parade is at least nominally family-friendly. There aren't, after all, many floats promoting heterosexual sex at these vents, either, though there may be the occasional "defense of family" group still active. I wasn't there, and I didn't hear either way if this was the case.

Really, it sounds less ridiculous than
  • Banning COURAGE from a gay parade
  • Banning La Raza from a 4th of July parade
  • Banning the Black Panthers from a Cinco De Mayo parade
  • Banning feminist groups from a rally to promote racial equality
  • Banning a Russian heritage group from a gay parade

Actually, I could keep adding things to this list, but I've got better things to do. Like find a new staple stout to replace Guinness.

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