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April 22, 2010

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’? Don’t Care.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 8:36 pm
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From Telegraph:

Activists from GetEQUAL, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group, shouted at Mr Obama while he was speaking, venting their frustration over the slow progress of repealing the ban on openly homosexual people serving in the United States armed forces.

“What about ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell?'” one protester shouted, according to a White House pool report.
Mr Obama replied: “We are going to do that.”

He then raised his voice to speak over the demonstrators. “We are going to repeal don’t ask, don’t tell,” he said.

I’m wondering why clamoring for the ‘right’ to bomb poor brown people into bloody oblivion is supposed to be a progressive, worthwhile cause in the first place. Furthermore, my own perspective is anti-statist, so the U.S. armed forces’ refusal to include queers is inconsequential to me (as an anarchist), just as the Catholic Church’s refusal to ordain female priests is inconsequential to me as an atheist – in either case, I just don’t care; and I’m irritated by unthinking reformists who push for inclusion in institutions without questioning the legitimacy of those institutions in the first place. To me, the idea of a self-described ‘liberal’ or ‘progressive’1 pushing for queer inclusion in the military is like a self-described ‘anti-racist’ raising a stink because Stormfront isn’t available in Swahili. Put simply, it’s absurd.

1. Granted, not all of the anti-DADT crowd self-describe as ‘liberals’ or similar, but (Log Cabin Republicans aside) most LGBT organizations do; so it’s the height of hypocrisy for them to harp on this issue.

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2 Comments »

  1. Agreed. Historically, mainstream ‘gay rights’ organizations have ignored issues of race, class, sexism and non-traditional gender identities. I feel that as a community, queers should be working toward the acquisition of rights and access to important services like healthcare, housing, and employment, instead of focusing on entry into patriarchal, violent institutions like marriage and the military.

    Comment by thesingingsocialworker — April 23, 2010 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

  2. […] reaction here serves as a further critique I made of ‘reformism’ in an older post about anti-DADT activism – namely, that pushing for inclusion in institutions without […]

    Pingback by the humanity of ordinary people « sights & sounds — May 29, 2010 @ 3:46 am | Reply


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