When conservatives use the term “special protections” or “protected class,” they are referring to the idea that marginalized and oppressed people are getting special rights that the rest of us (read: white/hetero/cis/Christian/able-bodied/wealthy/male people or any combination of such privileges) aren’t privy to. That’s largely because they are either ignorant of or ignoring the vast array of protections their idea of the “unprivileged” already enjoy. Or, if you’re US Senators Rand Paul (R- TN) or Marco Rubio (R- FL), you likely know about privileges, you would just rather protect your own vested interests: white/hetero/cis/Christian/able-bodied/wealthy/male voters.
We’ve seen Rand Paul do this so often I’m thinking he graduated from the University of Goebbels. Whether he is the malicious idiot on the box lying about the unnecessary costs of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or talking about how he’d march with King yet would deny African Americans the right to eat at White establishments and strip the Civil Rights Act, or deny First Nations women the right to protect themselves from domestic abuse and rape (along with Rubio, of course), Paul demonstrates again and again that he openly and aggressively sides with the oppressors and seeks to protect their vested interests over the basic necessities of the oppressed. Particularly when the oppressors are rich and in charge – ie, bosses.
Boss Culture is a favorite among conservatives of all stripes. (Which isn’t to say it’s limited to or indicative of conservatives and/or Republicans. But it is a conservative trait to privilege bosses over the workers.) So it’s no surprise to hear Rubio champion it while disparaging LGBTi people in an interview with ThinkProgress:
ThinkProgress spoke with the Florida Senator at the opening luncheon of the annual Faith and Freedom Forum on Thursday and asked him about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to make discrimination against LGBT individuals illegal across the country.
Though Rubio bristles at the notion of being called a “bigot,” he showed no willingness to help protect LGBT workers from discrimination. “I’m not for any special protections based on orientation,” Rubio told ThinkProgress.
By this, he seems to be implying that “special protections” are only due to people who are not gay. Which is horrible thinking, as ThinkProgress in the same article notes that 2 out of 5 homosexual or bisexual employees and 9 out of 10 transgendered workers report discrimination at their jobs. According to Rubio’s thinking, they should not have rights to seek recourse.
Because, you know, gays.
But Rubio doesn’t seem to want any oppressed groups to have “special protections” against Boss Culture. Asked about rights for people of color or women, he replies, “Well that’s established law.”
Why do I get the nagging suspicion that he wouldn’t support it if it wasn’t already established?
Oh yeah, Boss Culture.
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