WaPo column compares parental rights laws to Black people being denied gun permits

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A Washington Post columnist proclaimed that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Parental Rights in Education” bill is similar to gun permits being denied to black people and called it “homophobic and transphobic.”

The Florida law prohibits young children in school from being taught about sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill reportedly does not mention the term “gay” and it only applies to students in kindergarten through third grade. Higher grades are following mandated state standards.

Despite that fact, Washington Post author Monica Hesse contends in a piece published Wednesday, called, “There’s a reason the ‘don’t say gay’ bills don’t say what they mean,” that the bill is deliberately written to placate “homophobes” and to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

Hesse even invented a new term for her piece. She claims that the bill and its red state “copycats” are a “gaswhistle” that “anyone can smell if they’re being honest.”

Legislators “pass homophobic and transphobic bills cloaked in neutral language, then pretend liberals are crazy for calling the bills homophobic and transphobic,” Hesse proclaimed, referring to the strategy behind the so-called “gaswhistle.”

While on the one hand admitting that the language in the laws will most likely be “equally applied” to teaching gender sexuality, she went on to assert that those supporting the laws are “not idiots” and know that the legislation is “likely to be applied only to a subset of people.”

Hesse also seems to mix up what is actually being taught versus what is being discussed in a classroom. The law bans certain topics being taught to young children, it does not ban classroom discussion, begging the question of whether she actually read the bill or not.

The author disingenuously attempted to compare the allegation that black people have historically been denied gun permits to the implementation of the new bill.

Hesse referred to a Twitter thread by Princeton historian Kevin Kruse to argue her case. She contended that the problem, historically, with black people getting guns wasn’t the law itself, but the racism of sheriffs and city employees who decided which individuals would receive the permits.

“When racists are in charge of administering seemingly race-neutral laws, they often apply them in uneven ways that reflect racism,” she charged.

Then Hesse took it a step further claiming that the Florida law and other potential and current legislation throughout the country are homophobic.

“When homophobes are the ones using seemingly neutral laws, the actual effects of those laws will be homophobic,” she asserted.

It is obvious that Hesse is infuriated by the law. She stated that advocates for the legislation act like it is the only thing standing between their children and a “cabal of perverts” trying to “groom them between Language Arts and recess.”

“Do they think a teacher hellbent on molesting students will be stopped by a law discouraging discussions of sexual orientation?” Hesse asked in her column.

Florida is not the only state passing such legislation. Alabama followed suit and other states such as Ohio are considering their options.


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