The 1960's sit-ins cannot be compared to the gay marriage debate

I want to clear something up. I support gay marriage.

I publically supported this before the President did. I wrote a blog about it last year (click here).

I understand how some people want nothing to do with Chick-Fil-A because of the comments made by their owner.

The millions of dollars the Chick-Fil-A owner donated to further the idea of “Traditional Marriage” did not help matters either.

I get what is going on here.

Last week, one of my fellow Chicago Now bloggers posted a video discussing the sit-ins in the 1960’s at Woolworth. I know that she did not mean any harm by posting the video. She posted the video because one of her friends believes that there is a correlation between that particular moment during the Civil Rights movement and the current gay marriage debate.

I looked at the video. I could not believe how someone could make such a foolish, uneducated assessment about a bitter and difficult period in history.

So based on this person’s stance on the southern-based food chain and their reason for posting the video, I assume that they believe if someone who is gay sat down at a Chick-Fil-A in 2012 they would be whisked away for being gay. C'mon now...this isn't the same.

I highly doubt that a gay person would be ridiculed, have food poured on their heads, or choked from behind at the Chick-Fil-A.

The fact of the matter is that a gay person in 2012 has more rights than an African-American did in 1960. The thing that the person my friend got this video from left out was this: Options. Back then, an African-American had to use the sit-in tactics.

How many black owned business were there in the south in 1960?? Most likely, they only went to the one's associated with the chitlin’ circuit. And what can gay people do today in 2012? Take their dollars elsewhere. No lack of options these days.

Ultimately, if a person feels that they are being treated unfairly, they can go to another place to eat. That is the great thing about America.

To recap, the comparison made between the 1960’s sit-ins at Woolworth and the Chick-Fil-A controversy is a baseless, uneducated assessment. If people are going make these assumptions, they should spend more time fact-checking.


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