Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Dont Ask, Don't Tell" is Repealed. What Will You do Now That You Know?

It is hard to believe that for decades there were witch hunts to expose the sexual identity of soldiers and that homosexuality was grounds for dismissal. It is hard to believe that Don't Ask, Don't Tell was a compromise to allow homosexuals to serve in the military. You know, I won't hunt you down and you don't make it glaringly obvious. As perfectly depicted in the illustration, it shouldn't matter who you choose to love or be intimate with especially if you are willing to serve and risk your life for your country. It wouldn't read on your tombstone.

So it's amazing that such a policy is repealed. But what people have not discussed are the mechanisms put in place to ensure that homosexuals have fair treatment in the military. Opponents of the repeal  drew parallels to the decision to end racial segregation in the 1950s and the admission of women to military service in the 1970s as a lame excuse NOT to repeal the ban (which doesn't make sense, both are currently enforced. Why wouldn't we do something that is actually working?) While it is a lame excuse the parallels are valid and should be lessons for implementation and not deterrents.

With all social change i.e. freeing of slaves, there will be a number of resistant individuals. These individuals must be *ahem* encouraged by the law to embrace change and not create policies out of their desire to maintain the status quo. i.e. Jim Crow. To ignore this is foolish. Lessons for implementation...not deterrents.
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