Last week, New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that he would be the city’s first mayor in over 40 years who would not be involved with the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. His reasoning: it was a protest against the city’s decision to not show the gay pride flag during the parade.
When I first heard about this, I was a little confused. I wondered if that also meant DeBlasio would not take any part in the Gay Pride Parade because they do not display the Irish flag during it? I saw no mention of that. No, in fact DeBlasio’s answer was based off of what is a growing problem in this country: extreme political correctness.
Before I go any further, there are a few things that I must make clear. First off, I must remind everyone that I am 100 percent in favor of legalized gay marriage. Furthermore, I am also strongly opposed to right wing extremism and self-rightousness that negatively affects our nation’s image, such as the criticism of the Coke Super Bowl commercial.
There is no doubt that both right and left wing extremism are very dangerous. The mainstream media fortunately points out the former (due to the fact that it makes itself much more visible), but unfortunately tends to overlook the latter. Therefore, I believe that it is my job to call out the radical leftists as well.
The fact is, Mr. DeBlasio, I could care less about whether or not you march in the parade. But I do find the logic behind your decision not only bizarre, but also insulting.
This statement basically indicates that all Irish-Americans and anyone else who watches the parade are homophobic and that the parade is nothing more than a representation of outdated prejudices. It also implies that those who do choose to take part in it, such as New York’s brave firefighters and police officers, are prejudiced as well.
I wonder if the mayor has ever heard the song “Irish Celebration” performed by Irish-American Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore. Haggerty is both a self-proclaimed atheist and gay rights supporter, yet proudly celebrates his Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day. Aside from this, there are a great number of proud gay people who could care less about the gay pride flag not being flown on March 17.
What DeBlasio is trying to do is not particularly activism, but rather the standard leftist self-rightousness. That is where the line is drawn between achieving progress and purely showing off. As a result, this makes DeBlasio no better than any of those bigots whining about our national anthem being sung in Spanish.
While it is important to be sensitive to certain matters involving the American people, extreme political correctness is not constructive. It may have good intentions, but it goes against the fundamental human nature, that people do not want someone who acts like they know more telling them what to do. On any issue, right or left, it is what drives away those from the center to different sides.
While I may have spent most of this time berating DeBlasio on his arrogance, we can not forget that it is prevalent throughout the country. When we learn to face reality, then we can get back to moving forward as a country for all Americans.