Allison Kilkenny: Unreported

Huckabee Explains Why Gay Rights Are Not Civil Rights

Posted in civil rights by allisonkilkenny on November 19, 2008

michael-dale-huckabeeMike Huckabee appeared on The View and explained why the gay rights movement is not at all like the civil rights movement, and separate but equal gay rights is not at ALL like separate but equal for civil rights.

Spoiler alert: it makes no sense.

Huckabee reasons that the two are different because gays don’t “get their skulls cracked” in their struggle for equality. Joy, correctly, points out that gay-bashing does occur. Huckabee counters that he means the institutionalized sort of police skull-busting that occurred in the south.I would argue that the only reason that doesn’t happen is because our media would cover it and there would be a public outcry precisely because civil rights advocates went through that forty years ago. Therefore, the institutionalized form of discrimination is still there, but it’s a sneakier, softer kind of discrimination. They don’t blast gays with fire hoses, but they refuse them equal legal rights. It would be difficult to weigh which hurts more: getting blasted with a hose or being denied the privilege of sitting beside your loved one while he or she dies in a hospital bed.

This is a shameful chapter of our country, and people like Mike Huckabee are on the wrong side of history.

Watch the silliness unfold here.


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  1. shonda said, on November 19, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Well, when I was in college in Oklahoma City, it was pretty well known that the local police basically stalked out the parking lot of gay bars and then pulled over the drivers of those cars at closing time. The owner of one would always remind me of that. I never had owners of sports bars say the same thing, never heard it from the patrons. Sure, a drunk driver is a drunk driver regardless of sexuality. However, a dear friend of mine who was in the drag show at The Rec Room told me that she had been pulled over twice totally sober and was thrown on the ground as though she was resisting arrest, even though she wasn’t under arrest, frisked, the works. I’ve been pulled over in OKC and never had this experience, but I am not a transgendered man. So, Mike Fuckabee, just because you aren’t seeing images of fire hose attacks in newspapers doesn’t mean that sort of thing isn’t happening. It just isn’t reported because, really, who is going to file charges of police brutality against gays? The other police officers?
    When I watched this video, I remembered all the Southern politicians of the 1960s who insisted that the reason they were against federally-mandated integration wasn’t because they were racist, it’s because they were supporters of state’s rights.


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