Blacks fought years and years for their civil rights, and, as legend has it, that fight ended sometime after the '60s, and all of a sudden white people quit lynching them and everyone was tolerant. Colorblindness ruled the land.
But blacks know that "colorblindness" is bullshit. Even if nobody rational is going to openly attack blacks anymore, there are still subtle acts of prejudice going on...the condescending way some store clerks treat blacks, for example. And the really hateful bastards didn't disappear, they just went underground. The Civil Rights Era certainly ended prematurely, if we believe the popular myth.
I see the beginnings of tolerance for homosexuals today, and I find them distasteful. Being gay used to be a huge secret, as we all know, and TV wouldn't air anything concerning it. Today, the mainstream media presents us with three types of gays: the lipstick lesbian, the straight-acting gay man, and the flaming faggot. Lipstick lesbians are used as eye candy for straight guys to masturbate to. The flaming faggot is a joke. And the straight-acting man is basically the walking manifestation of tolerance -- you can't even tell if he's gay. Is that a good thing? I guess what bothers me about it is the implicit message that it's great to be gay as long as you're not THAT gay, and\or as long as you're sexually entertaining to straights (as with the lesbians in porno). If you don't live up to either, you're a flaming, faggoty joke.
The issues surronding lesbians bug me in particular. You hardly ever see butches, and even if being lesbian has somehow become "rilly kewl", women who are masculine are still made fun of. Some idiots will argue with you over how calling a woman a lesbian isn't an insult, like they think that it was complimentary to Janet Reno. Even in the age of hot, sexy, pseudo-lesbians in porn and hot, sexy, attention-whoring celebrities kissing in public, being a lesbian can be very much a BAD thing, if you don't happen to play it up for the straights. You don't even have to be butch, you can be adrogynous, too. All that matters is that you're not adhering to the rules of feminity. I'm a female gamer who hates wearing dresses, but doesn't go out of her way to act like a man, and even before I came out I'd be called a dyke. Were they complimenting me because as I was as beautiful as their beloved porno chicks? Hell no. They'd call me ugly in the same breath. Anything masculine in a woman is ugly and abnormal, you see. We've gone from Women's Liberation to "gul powah!". Being a gorgeous, bitchy slut is the new feminism.
If that's the direction tolerance is heading, it's going to be hard for me to tolerate. Just seems like another sorry case of "colorblindness".