Earlier today, the 7th Circuit Federal Court Of Appeals in Chicago ruled 8-3 that the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects women and minorities from discrimination in the workplace, indeed does include all Americans, regardless of they how they express their gender identity or who they love.
Judge Diane Sykes, one of the three dissenting magistrates, explained briefly, her belief that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other sexual and gender non-conforming Americans should not, in fact, be protected from discrimination in the workplace, simply for expressing their authentic selves; a luxury that most Americans have taken for granted for years!
Here’s what she said:
“We are not authorized to infuse the text with a new or unconventional meaning or to update it to respond to changed social, economic, or political conditions.”
And here’s how you should read it:
“We [Federal Judges] are not authorized to infuse the text [law] with a new or unconventional meaning or to update it to respond to changed social, economic, or political conditions [interpret].”
In other words, this honorable, yet clueless imbecile seems to believe that judges have no right to examine and interpret the law in order to determine the outcome of litigation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that exactly what judges are supposed to do, especially in the appeals circuit? Let me know in the comments.
But, enough about that. I can already see myself getting off track. The issue I really wanted to bring up in this post is about the very notion of equality itself. Sigh!
So, vocabulary.com defines equality as
Equality means “the state of being equal.” It’s one of the ideals a democratic society…
I would have to agree with them that equality, as an ideal, is a cornerstone of democratic society and one of its very founding principals. And, I’m pretty sure that almost all Americans would agree. “The American Dream” is the belief that anyone can succeed if they work hard and make smart choices. The poor can overcome poverty and transcend the economic class they were born into. Children have it better than their parents did, who also had it better than their parents, and so on, with each successive generation climbing up the social ladder and contributing positively to society in through the process.
Everybody has an equal chance, right? Well, no. They don’t! There are many playing fields on many different levels. Some have more obstacles. Some have fewer. And many different factors determine which level of the playing field each of us starts on. Needless to say that some of the levels are closer to the objective than the others.
There are racial biases, gender biases, age discrimination biases, etc. These varying prejudices are very real and they definitely put some people at a disadvantage to those without the accompanying stigma they bring along.
So, all right, opp