Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The apology of tomorrow

I listened to part of fearless leader's speech the other day: the one in which he praised the Tuskegee Airmen and awarded them the Congressional Gold Medal.

The president rightly pointed out that

They were fighting two wars. One was in Europe and the other took place in the hearts and minds of our citizens,

 Yet this president, along with his predecessors, are setting the stage for the same injustice with "don't ask don't tell".

How long will it be before a president apologizes to all of the brave gay men and women who serve – only to be treated as second-class citizens because of the person they choose to love.

Bigotry is indeed truly blind.


Intellectual Insurgent said...

While I understand the sentiment, what the government did to the Tuskegee Airmen is nowhere in the realm of comparison to the policies toward gays in the militaries. Don't ask don't tell is not the same as surreptitiously infecting soldiers with syphillis to see the affects of the disease when untreated.

Reign of Reason said...

I believe what you are referring to also happened in Tuskegee, but the Airmen faced different (and not as sinister) problems (like being told that Negroes were incapable of handling complex machinery).

The medical experiments were carried out on others.

But I understand your point.

mrsleep said...

True. Still Dubya is happy to have gay soldiers die or get mangled in Iraq, as long as he doesn't know their sexual orientation.

Remember the Disney movie Mulan?

Anonymous said...

So I take it you're gay then?

Capt. Fogg said...

Anonymous? What was you name before the operation?

Reign of Reason said...


Anon, what does it matter? That's the whole point of the post.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is hypocrisy: apparently, the fact that someone is gay isn't an impediment to serving... but admitting your gay is. This is completely ridiculous.

The entire policy is an embarrassment.

skip sievert said...

Funny. ~!~