I have no particular opinion on racism, gay rights, etc, except to say that I'd probably regard myself as open minded and not really bothered by any of it. However what really gets me annoyed is these so called campaign groups and activists positively discriminating because they feel they are getting a raw deal. Can't they see that by highlighting race/sex they help enforce the idea that that particular group are discriminated against. Gargh!
I feel, as always, that I'm not getting my point across so here are a couple of examples. Firstly, what started this post off was this piece on BBC News - JK Rowling outs Dumbledore as gay. In it are a couple of paragraphs:
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell welcomed the news about Dumbledore and said: ”It's good that children's literature includes the reality of gay people, since we exist in every society.
“But I am disappointed that she did not make Dumbledore's sexuality explicit in the Harry Potter book. Making it obvious would have sent a much more powerful message of understanding and acceptance.”
I'm sorry, why should JK Rowling have made it more obvious in the books? To satisfy the gay and lesbian community, to make a point? Quite rightly she didn't make it an issue or try to highlight it. Dumbledore being gay has nothing to do with anything, and that is exactly the approach we should all take, why does there need to be a big thing about it. JK Rowling didn't need to highlight the straight people in the book, or the black or Asian people.
My second example is from a few years back, when Halle Berry won her oscar. See this partcular quote from her acceptance speech:
“This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me - Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett and it's for every nameless, faceless woman of colour that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.”
Again, what does it matter about colour? The door is open if you can act, it has nothing to do with the colour of your skin, and by highlighting the fact that it is an achievement to receive an Oscar as a black woman helps re-enforce the idea that there is some kind of discrimination. If she had said nothing about it, we could have just congratulated her on getting an Oscar, but instead it became a story about race.
I know this opinion is likely to get some negative comments, and if so I've maybe not explained myself well enough, but hopefully you'll see what I'm getting at. What do you think?