If 24-hour cable news, the Internet and social media existed during the days of segregation, the civil rights movement and bans on interracial marriage, the nasty and disgusting hatred we would have seen during that time would have been overwhelming. Even without these methods of information and communication, the ignorance of so many that was documented during that dark period of history is nauseating to look back on.
We don’t really have a problem documenting and calling out ignorance today. Not only are there endless ways to record the ignorance we see and hear about all of the time, but ignorant people are often more than willing to prove how pathetic they truly are.
For instance, we have Fox News’ Stacey Dash who never seems shy or timid about showing off what an absolute imbecile she is.
During a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, she was asked about North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law that’s been in the news for the last several weeks.
“It’s tyranny by the minority,” Dash stated. “Why do I have to suffer because you can’t decide what you wanna be that day?”
“OK, then go in the bushes,” she added. “I don’t know what to tell you, but I’m not gonna put my child’s life at risk because you want to change a law. So that you can be comfortable with your beliefs, which means I have to change my beliefs and my rights? No.”
Apparently Dash doesn’t realize that “religious beliefs” (which is what she’s citing to support her bigotry) were also used by people during segregation to deny African-Americans their equal rights. I’m not sure why some people seem to believe that because they cling to bigoted interpretations of their faith, their beliefs on an issue supersede the Constitutional rights that are given to every American.
Though it’s absolutely repulsive how people like Dash go straight to the “transgender people are all sexual predators” myth that literally doesn’t have a shred of evidence to support it. Even North Carolina’s own governor couldn’t cite a specific example where a transgender person had assaulted anyone in a bathroom. It’s appalling how these closed-minded jackasses talk about human beings like they’re some out of control animals who don’t deserve a shred of respect or to be treated with any dignity.
Again, that’s sort of the same way many racists viewed African-Americans during segregation and even today. While the subjects are different, lot of the rhetoric is almost identical. Simply change up a word or two of the commonly used anti-LGBT propaganda often regurgitated by many on the right and it would sound just like something a racist would have said 50 years ago arguing against desegregation.
But this is nothing new for Dash. She’s built her career at Fox News on saying things that are so mind-bogglingly stupid it’s really quite shocking there are people out there who actually take her seriously.
Then again, she does work for Fox News — a network that’s driven by mind-bogglingly stupid people who say incredibly bigoted, prejudiced and racist things because that’s what their typical viewer wants to hear.