Is Gay The New Black? Essay

1885 words - 8 pages

Is Gay The New Black?The Civil Rights Movement in the United Sates, which took place starting in the mid 1950s and continued on into the early 1980s, is widely resounded as one of, if not, the most pivotal movement towards seeking equality for a minority group against a majority group in this country's history. In textbooks, literature, and films alike, the African American struggle to be viewed simply as "human" though the eyes of their white counterparts is portrayed through images of horrible explicit inequality, police brutality, and obvious obstructions of the United States constitution, which guarantees equal protection of all American citizens under the law.But, we have progressed since the 1980s, and while inequality still exists in some formats, the Civil Rights Movement was undoubtedly successful for blacks in the United States. However, as the cliché "history often repeats itself" states, a new fight for equality and humanization by a minority group has emerged-and this struggle is known today as The Gay Rights Movement.Similarly to the Civil Rights Movement, the Gay Rights Movement is currently striving for equal protection under the law, and fair treatment within various institutions such as the institution of marriage, or within the work place. The striking similarities between the two movements have caused some to draw parallels, even going as far to claim that "gay is the new black," however, it has also caused some to throw their hands up in opposition, claiming that the Civil Rights Movement and the Gay Rights Movement are incomparable. Upon analysis of the two movements, however, it becomes ever apparent that despite the explicit differences (the idea of race vs. sexuality or gender equality) the Gay Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Movement are actually one in the same.Most basically, Civil Rights are defined by as "a class of rights that protect individual's freedoms, especially as applied to an individual or a minority group," they are further defined within the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2nd. This document ensures the physical integrity and safety of American citizens as well as the protection from discrimination on grounds such as physical/mental disability, gender, religion, race, national origin, age, etc (Civil Rights Act, 1964).Utilizing the afore-explained definitions regarding what encompasses Civil Rights, it seems simplistic and ever apparent that both black rights and gay rights fall under a sub-section of an over-arching theme or umbrella of Civil Rights as both movements strove/are striving to protect their minority groups from the majority opinion which views them as inhumane, deviant, and unequal. That dictionary definition, as well as the excerpt from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 both clearly display the parallelism between the two movements on a most basic level, however, this issue far surpasses a dictionary definition in...

Find Another Essay On Is Gay The New Black?

From Black Thursday to The New Deals

1166 words - 5 pages existence and an equally great number of toils with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment”(Henretta, Edwards, and Self, America 694). What FDR was saying, in a simpler way, is that there is no good way to look at the situation the nation was in. FDR went before Congress and introduced the New Deal in an attempt to end the depression. Recovery from this “panic” had to be fast, however it expanded about

Discrimination Against Gay Marriage is the Voice of Ignorance

1934 words - 8 pages complex. This may be a very true statement. Is it possible that heterosexual America fears that gay marriages will be a new and better union than those of the past? Through the recent actions of many United States legislatures and from the adamant anti-gay comments so many Americans hear and say every day, it seems as though there isn't much hope left for equal rights and equal treatment of homosexuals, let alone gay and lesbian couples

Black Education in New York City during the 1830s

3700 words - 15 pages necessary in order for these groups to provide the programs and services they did, but it also shrunk the pool of possible membership applicants.Though the total black population of New York City was 16,000, the black middle class was quite small in the 1830s.In 1839 an antislavery society published a list of black artisans, tradesmen, and manufacturers that included only 64 names.Though surely an incomplete list, the point is still clear that

Is the Black Family Only A Myth?

4118 words - 16 pages of attaining a better education for oneself) is totally altruistic. It is this one element in itself that makes the black family structure viable. According to Norma J. Burgess, a member of the sociology and anthropology departments at Missis sippi State University, "The phenomenon of the fe male - headed family is not new to African-American culture, nor does it call for a need for women to marry and abandon this structure" (Burgess). In the

fake is the new "real"

926 words - 4 pages Aguilera wears. First she applies so much bronzer you can’t see her actual face and would have to use a jack hammer to take it off. To finish it off put on bright red lipstick and everyone will be bitter and jealous on how good you look. 4. Orange is the new bronze: everyone is doing it. Come into Tanning Central Park and pick what shade of orange you want! Only for $1000.00 and you receive 2 free tans. Frankly if you don’t do this, you will

Is violence the answer? the black panther party

1711 words - 7 pages Is Violence the Answer?: The Black Panther Party      Organized in the 1960s at the height of the American Civil Rights Movement, the Black Panther Party emerged as a revolutionist group pioneering a strategy of militancy. The Party’s aims were to eliminate the discrimination challenging African-Americans in America since the time of slavery, and to protect their communities from police brutality. Inspired by

The Black Legend and White Legend: Relationship Between the Spanish and Indians in the New World

2525 words - 10 pages The Black Legend and White Legend: Relationship Between the Spanish and Indians in the New World The Spanish-Indian relationship can be defined in many ways. One definition used is through the Black Legend and the White Legend. The interpretation of the Black Legend can depend on whom you are talking to. The Black Legend speaks of the Spaniards abusing the Indians and being guilty of much more misconduct than history has ever

Black Boy: The Theme of Richard Wright's "Black Boy" is racism...

745 words - 3 pages The theme of Richard Wright's "Black Boy" is racism because he became a black boy for the sole purpose of survival, to make enough money, stop the hunger pains, and to eventually move to the North where he could be himself. Wright grew up in the deep dirty South; the Jim Crow South of the early twentieth century. From an early age Richard Wright was aware of two races, the black and the white. Yet he never understood the relations between the

What is the "new" physical education?

1152 words - 5 pages What is the "new" physical education?         According to the video the new physical education is now a changed field. They now have replaced old games such as doge ball with newer and more innovative games. They now think that P.E. teachers should focus on life time fitness and they want teachers to teach kids activities that they can use for the rest of their lives. Instead of just playing traditional team sport in class they are now

Jungle Fever, The Answer is in Black and White

1718 words - 7 pages to others in the book Sociology: A Down-To-Earth Approach. (Henslin 272) An example from the movie relating to self perception is when Paulie argues with the men inside his store. Paulie says that you can't judge someone just because they are black, because they are not all the same; but the men come back by saying "its black on black", meaning that if one of them does it they all do it. Henslin reveals a result of symbolic interaction, which is

Black Elk's The Earth is All that Lasts

854 words - 3 pages Black Elk's The Earth is All that Lasts The U.S. Military played a dramatic role in shaping the west as we know it today. The U.S. Military has mistreated the Native Americans in numerous ways in the past. Also, they have virtually eliminated nearly all the Native American Tribes in the United States. Before the arrival of the U.S. Military, Native Americans lived almost peaceful lives. In the article "The Earth is all that Lasts

Similar Essays

Green Is The New Black Essay

975 words - 4 pages Green is the New Black What if you knew that you were destroying the earth every day, minute, hour, second of your life time? People, humans, are harming the earth. Without recycling everything we use, reducing pollution from cars and machines, or cutting back on water use, we hurt our only home, the earth. Lost every second, another 1.5 acres of rainforest to land development and deforestation, with tremendous losses to habitats. Another 36

A Historical Feminist Analysis Of Orange Is The New Black

1829 words - 7 pages provide for her daughter, in the film “Les Miserables”, based on Victor Hugo’s experiences of the French Revolution then turned into a book, and the various female characters playing female inmates in the popular TV series “Orange is the New Black”, which is based on the personal experiential book written by Piper Kerman. Although both stories and all characters are altered for entertainment’s sake, many of the scenes and underlying themes unravel

Orange Is The New Black: A Summary And Discussion Among Female Offenders

1922 words - 8 pages inmates are much better prepared to become more productive members of society. References: Kerman, P. (2010). Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. New York: Spiegel & Grau Belknap, J. (2007). The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, and Justice. (3rd Ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

English Narrative Area Of Study: Belonging. '.Popularity Is The New Black.'

1479 words - 6 pages also have a very oddly shaped face.Maybe if I turned it to the right…No. Nope. This is just not getting any better.Julia says I'm being over sensitive, my head is just fine and that"It's not your head shape that keeps you from your 'ultimate goal' of being the almighty 'popular' one."What ever man. My head is weird and the overwhelming weirdness that is my head is stopping my world domination in popularity.You can be sure of that.Fit1: adj