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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

On Segregation

One more event in the string proving that "separate but equal" and "discriminatory segregation" is only unfair when the people being segregated out say it is: well, we've had the black parents banding together to try to get their children put in separate schools and, especially, colleges, and to move their families to all-black suburbs; now we've got the separate homosexual high school.
State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long criticized the creation of the school.

"Is there a different way to teach homosexuals? Is there gay math? This is wrong," Long said. "There's no reason these children should be treated separately."

What's the point in segregating children because of which people they feel attracted to? (And yes, I know, it's not mandatory that they go to this separate school, and they've got no test besides "feelings.") They claim it's because they were teased. Well, what of children, like many of my friends (several of whom went on to CalTech) through high school, who claim to have felt no sexual attraction in either direction -- and were teased for that? Should we have a new high school for children who aren't expressing themselves sexually yet, or at least not during the school day? (A lot of people would say yes to that, but not because of teasing!)

Non-majority students (which can also be white students in a predominantly black or Asian area) are often teased, often quite cruelly, because of the color of their skin, something they're entirely indisputably born with. I vote we go back to separate-race schools to stop the teasing.

UPDATE: One other question: will the school allow in straight students? If not -- if it's acceptable to bar students based on sexual orientation -- then can there be schools that officially ban students who do not identify themselves as straight? Does it work both ways?


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