Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Where the violence starts: gay support for US militarism


Suddenly there are all these stories in the news about violence in Iraq against gay people -- by all accounts, this violence dramatically escalated -- guess when? Oh, I know -- after the US occupation!

That’s what disgusts me so much about a sign like this, displayed by and for the gays in the Great White Gayborhood (in this case, San Francisco’s legendary Castro district) without any context at all -- as if somehow violence against gay people in Iraq can be separated from the endless US brutalization of an entire country in order to pave the way for more oil industry profiteering. Worse than that, this sign, and the protests around this issue, actually legitimize the US occupation by pointing to anti-gay hysteria in Iraq as proof of the savagery of an entire country, when instead they should be pointing to US militarism as the impetus.

It’s well documented that when people are deprived of the basic abilities to live, love, eat, sleep, fuck, dream or create family, meaning or culture without the daily threat of a US firing squad entering their homes or US-funded militias terrorizing their neighborhoods, guess what? People lash out at whoever is the most vulnerable -- women, young people, old people, people with disabilities, sexual deviants, homos, immigrants, etc.

Even something as simple as a statement starting with, “end the US occupation” would do so much to shift the blame to its rightful center. Instead, these kinds of messages end up implying that the same kind of homophobia -- furthered by religious fundamentalists, centering in families of origin, carried out by the armed instruments of the state -- doesn’t exist here.

Iraq: stop killing gays?!

What about -- US: STOP KILLING EVERYONE!!! That would be a better start.

11 comments:

Hilary Goldberg said...

Incredible. Yes, I prefer your sign.

xhil

chamblee54 said...

As if that is not bad enough, now these stories are circulating about super glue. The story is that someone is sealing buttholes with super glue and forcing the folks to drink laxatives. A story like this gets lots of attention, and is tough to confirm or deny.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Thanks, Hilary :)

And Chamblee, I have not heard those stories!

Love --
mattilda

chamblee54 said...

I wrote about the super glue at my blog. Doing my best to live up to my slogan, pretty pictures and ugly opinions.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

I'll check it out...

Love --
mattilda

Elián Maricón said...

Permission to cross-post w/ link to your site.

AMAZING!

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Yes yes of course!!!

Love --
mattilda

man_of_snows said...

Yes, but Iraqis in the AP articles are saying that it was the U.S. soldiers who brought homosexuality to Iraq (like small pox) and it is spreading everywhere among the youth...

But if people put up signs that said, "End Iraqi Occupation" then what would we do with the $91 Billion war budget that just got passed?

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Oh, no -- scary quotes from the AP!

As for that war budget, don't worry -- I'm sure Obama is going to use it for change change change!

Love --
mattilda

Pat said...

I mean, I still think it's important to have solidarity with gay Iraqis who are being murdered and targeted for hate crimes...I think it's a legitimate issue...but in doing so we also have to acknowledge that Americans are fully contributing to that violence.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Exactly -- thanks, Pat.

Love --
mattilda