[Update: Tattooed Moms has written back and wants to let you know that they did not come up with the sign, it was gifted to them.]
Oh the uselessness of virtue signaling signs showing up on businesses.
These are NOT necessary things. So let me unpack this particular one.
– Muslims listed first, and they’re put as far away from the “Jewish People” as possible. Was there a reason for that?
– As a gay person who is still reeling from Orlando, I see Muslims listed ABOVE LGBT people which died at the hands of religious extremism in Orlando… so that’s cool. Most of the bigots that have hurt LGBT people have used religon as a motivator for their violence towards us, Orlando being no exception. (Yeah some pretty sad people used Orlando as a footstool for gun control, but I’m going to ignore that because that’s not what happened there). And by the term “Muslim” I am going to take that to mean: follower of Islam and not to mean a specific ME-based cultural and ethno-centric identity, such as Arab, or Persian, or Turk. This is a religious significance, not a racial one when viewed through my gay eyes.
– Black People and People of Color… one includes the other, so was that a need to fill space?
– “Disabilities” is NOT the right word to use here. There’s a variety of more acceptable ones. If you don’t know, then it’s DIFFERENTLY-ABLED. They’re not invalids they have lives and they are able to do things. The word “disability” is at best a misnomer and at worst, a contradiction in terms.
And while we’re at it, it just isn’t that necessary to put things on lists on the front door or sitting next to your food menu.
It infers priority, categorization, and implies importance. You could have put all these terms in a circle or a polyline or some other way to dissuade the reader from inferring a ranking here or better still: just don’t bother. You should already be known that you’re a welcoming businesses by your actions, not your advertising.
This isn’t going to help you win Diversity Dollars, like you’d expect to see signs in front of T-Mobile stores advertising “THIS IS A LATINX SAFE SPACE WITH FREE WIFI.”
In fact, you just shouldn’t hate period, that’s so fucking obvious–so why the need to announce it? You should have already been doing it already. The real bigots are places like iCandy who has a racist owner that freely throws around the word “NIGGERS” around in his back office. [All you queers who came up to me telling me he’s atoned for that can fuck-off. He still owns the bar, so until he’s gone, he hasn’t, OK?] He could have put a “hey we’re not a racist!” poster up on his windows too to fool everyone. Don’t be that person.
And hey… if you don’t want to listen to an actual gay person like me tell it like it is, here’s Ernest Owens, another gay guy who has bonus points as a black gay guy, explain the stupidity of safety pins on business front windows.
Advertising your white guilt just makes you cheesy. Just be a better human and give opportunities to others who deserve them.
The only people these signs are ameliorating are white people, which wasn’t your intended audience anyway.