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Which Minority Most Resembles Gays? (It’s Not Blacks…)

Posted on September 30 2010 10:00 am
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A gay neighborhood?

One thing Ann Coulter said in her remarks to GoProud caught my attention. From the following site:

“Marriage is not a civil right – you’re not black!” Coulter then went on to pontificate upon her view that gays are among the wealthiest demographic in the United States, saying, “Blacks must be looking at the gays saying, ‘Why can’t we be oppressed like that?’”

I’ve long thought about this. Though I question the validity of the statistics I’ve seen that support Coulter’s claim (many of the “figures” from both the Left [Kinsey] and the Right [Paul Cameron] on homosexuality are problematic) my anecdotal eyes confirm that gays, overall, do better than straights, economically.

Skills, talents, vices, etc., disperse throughout the gay community, as in all groups, in varied ways. However, as every non-Leftist knows, these qualities aren’t distributed evenly among social groups.

In particular, I observe (again with statistical support) gays, as a group are smarter, more creative, and more productive. Again, keep in mind, I’m speaking of averages; gays, like all groups, have their share of dull, uncreative and lazy types. Having fewer children may explain part of the apparent differences, but can’t all. The “Queer Eye” figures in somewhere. (Observe, among other fields, classical music, musical theater, opera and ballet and see the gay influence on par with that of the black influence on sports.)

Whether “marriage” is a “civil right” is beyond the scope of this post. Rather, I want conservatives and libertarians to reflect on how to view properly, “civil rights.” We don’t, as Leftists do, see “civil rights” as something the marginalized have over the better off. Rather, these are rights that apply to rich and poor, black and white, male and female, (and that should) gay and straight, equally.

If homosexuals, as a group, are wealthier, smarter, more creative, that ought not disqualify gays from making bona fide “civil rights” claims any more than it does for Jews, Japanese or the aged.

And, as those examples should demonstrate in the minds of non-Leftists, there is no contradiction in being part of a minority social group that is, at once, better off, more talented, and at the same time, hated and ghettoized. The economic liberties of capitalism permit this ironic outcome. The Jews are the classic example. The Japanese in America during and post World War II are another.

These, not blacks, are the groups to whom gays properly analogize. Indeed, I value capitalism in part because it permits disliked, unpopular, underdog social groups like gays and Jews to thrive in spite of that reality.

Conservatives and libertarians should not use a social group’s success in the face of challenges to argue against bona fide “civil rights” claims.

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