There is something about equality that is scary. This fear has prevailed for centuries of fights against injustice and discrimination, and unfortunately it still dominates many of us today. Black power, gay pride, feminist movement; these were all coined to express a necessity for change and a search for equality, something evidently essential to me but threatening to others.
More rights to minorities clearly means less rights for those already equal among themselves.
More immigrants means less jobs for natives. Gay marriage ruins the institution of marriage for the rest of us. Interracial marriage is an abomination and also disgraces the institution of marriage. Universal suffrage minimizes the rights of those who really matter, the white male population.
And so go the ridiculous arguments generated by fear of equality. To be fair to these arguments, this fear also results in physical assault, verbal abuse, internet trolling and loads of other crazy, nonsensical things.
But history, thankfully, repeats itself. As with the civil rights movement and the waves of feminism, the fight against this fear has productive results. And we’re all about to see the world change once again by defeating the fearful.
Time magazine went bold this week by publishing two gay couples kissing on their cover. The title and theme of the week? ‘Gay Marriage Has Already Won’.
Though battles for equality are nowhere near done (and not just for the LGBT community) a celebration is in order, and what better way to do it than going through some photography that marked all of these battles?
African Americans fight for a better future, an equal opportunity future without discrimination. We’re still trying.
Civil Rights protesters are hosed down.
African American women fight for integrated schools and better education.
In the 1960’s, women fought for the end of sexism.
Women’s Liberation Movement – are we free yet?
You said it.
Mongomery Bus Co. boycott ends in victory.
One of the biggest fighters of all, Martin Luther King Jr.
We’ ve won another round. Let’s keep going, shall we?
BONUS: This is a personal favourite of mine that marked the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in 2011.