An Open Letter to Joe Scarborough
I was beyond appalled by your comments about marriage equality this morning. (Video above, transcript below). Your words indicate not just that you lack any type of social awareness, but both an ignorance and irreverence that should be mortifying for your employer.
You said, Joe, that you wouldn’t compare marriage equality to civil rights. I’m shocked to have to be the one to inform you that marriage equality IS civil rights. It’s a civil rights issue. You, Joe, who loves to play the “patriot card” the “I love my country” card, should be aware of the Inalienable Rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. When people are not free to love, without fear of repercussions, they are being denied their inalienable rights.
The institutionalized hatred of LGBT(etc.) individuals in this country has not just lead to beatings and deaths nationwide, but sparked a suicide trend among young Americans who don’t see a future that includes liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
And you think marriage equality is just a “perk” or an “accessory”? Marriage Equality is 3 weeks paid vacation at a new job or an armful of bangle bracelets to compliment an LBD?
Marriage Equality, Joe, is far more than that. It’s the country, the government, lawmakers, individuals banding together and saying “We will not discriminate against other Americans and we will not tolerate those that do.” If that is not the definition of a civil rights movement, Joe, I’m not sure what is.
Good luck in your future endeavors, I hope MSNBC sees the error in spreading your ignorance on the air.
JOE: (Marriage Equality) is a movement that 80% of Americans don’t really care about, don’t want to talk about and when George Stephanopoulos and other people…
DAVID REMNICK: Which you could have said about civil rights at a certain point…
JOE CONTINUES: In debates…Well I wouldn’t compare it to Civil Rights, I would not compare gay marriage to people getting beaten and killed and lynched in the south …
REMNICK: No, but normalizing the lives of a big segment of our population, people who’ve been without those rights, is, of course there’s a difference, there are many
JOE INTERJECTS: I, I understand why it matters a great deal to a lot of people…
REMNICK INTERJECTS: The one thing we haven’t heard in this race is…
JOE: I’ll just say though David, though that it’s not really
REMNICK: We haven’t heard a word about the poor, we haven’t heard
JOE: That is not where the overwhelming majority of Americans are focused right now, most are focused on jobs.
REMNICK: Fair enough, but not all movements begin with overwhelming majorities.
While I obviously don’t agree with police brutality and find the reports of what transpired in multiple cities around the country absolutely appalling, ultimately, I think Yglesias is dead on:
Realistically I think this was the best possible endgame for the group. After all, there are only a few possible ways for a protest to end. One is something like this — the cops come in and get rid of people. A second is something like the Powers That Be sit down to negotiate an end to the standoff in a way that involves giving in to some or all of the protestors demands. The third is for the protests to simply fizzle out as people lose interest. One of the distinctive things about Occupy Wall Street was that it organized itself in such a way as to make option two impossible.
(Photo via MSNBC)