I like NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly. I think she brings attention to important issues and she is passionate about her beliefs. She is a strong voice for social justice and she leads with courage. I agree with the vast amount of things she writes about and believe she’s right on many issues.
Her latest column however, I can’t agree with because in it, Lizzie lashes out at many people for the Pride Parade fiasco except the extremists who broke it and seems incapable of acknowledging that her support for those extremists means if she wants to blame someone, perhaps she needs to look in the mirror.
You do not need to be queer to love, respect and support the Pride Parade. Celebration of diversity is an essential element within a progressive democracy, Auckland is made better by this event, New Zealand is made better by this event, we are all made better people by the pride Parade and we can all feel ownership in that so her constant referencing of the straight community watching and commenting on this sad meltdown is not the schadenfreude she tries to construct, it’s genuine disappointment in an event that we all rightfully felt value of and connection with.
Criticism of the woke stupidity of millennial identity politics extremists is not a trashing of the Rainbow, it’s a valid response to those who trashed the Rainbow,
To listen to the manner in which these woke extremists refer to the Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Trans activists of the 1980s and 1990s who battled HIV and pushed for the Homosexual Law reform gives you a far clearer perspective of the kind of people who wrecked the Parade.
Lizzie’s support for asking Police to wear T-shirts so that Police in uniform wouldn’t trigger trans people suggests Lizzie didn’t know the police fought to gain the right to wear their uniform in the parade and that asking them to remove it was always going to elicit this type of response which of course would immediately cascade out to the entire super-structure of good will these extremists destroyed.
When you empower extremists to decide who to cast out and who to include, there are consequences.
Understanding how you helped create those consequences is the first step to ensuring todays mistakes aren’t caused tomorrow.
What goes down well in the echo chamber of Woke Twitter is not a real reading of the wider community.