I don't think any group that has ever struggled to be accepted wishes to be compared to any other group, past, or present.
Jews have had a bad time in history. So have Africans, the world over, not just in the USA. Disabled persons, the blind, people that are smaller in stature, people with disfigurements.
I think the point they can all agree on, is to not be unaccepting of people who are the way they are not due to choice.
I didn't choose to be a white man. I don't consciously choose to be attracted to the opposite sex. I don't choose to have the desire to eat sugary foods, my body is craving it, because my blood sugar is low.
The argument comes from those who believe that some things in life are a choice. With that idea in their heads, they can bash others without feeling guilty.
I do find myself cringing when I hear someone say that something is 'gay'. But to try to put a positive spin on it, which is very very difficult, at least the idea of being gay, or something being gay is almost more acceptable now than it was 40 years ago. If someone called someone 'gay' back then, even in jest, the 'victim' of the insult might have been stoned to death, or lynched, in some places. Now it is not so much a slur as we think it should be, but rather a commentary.
I know it is impossible to defend it, but I am trying to look at it rationally, rather than emotionally. For years, african-americans have felt it is okay to call each other the N-word, but it is not to be used by anyone else. It is a double standard.
You want to hear something that I'd bet not one of you reading this could possibly understand?
When I hear that, I could easily be quite offended. My mother is dying, and elderly, and sacrificed a lot for me. Soon I will be missing her, and hearing that 'joke' as a funny, well, is not too funny to me. But no one that uses it around me could possibly know that I am upset, if not offended by it. It is funny, I can see both the humor in it, as well as the hurt. I even use it myself sometimes, (Especially with my son, who's Mom is a complete betch)
Not all Africans are N*&ge#'s, not all homosexuals are 'F.a.6.5', in fact,
we are all individual beautiful snowflakes.
Part of the scene from the film Full Metal Jacket that spawned some discussion on this board recently included R. Lee Ermy's Character saying a string of offensive slurs, in which he is saying he hates all of them equally, and that they are not what other people call them. You are not what I think of you, or the name I call you, you are who you choose to be. It is part of the military breaking you down in order to build you back up.
"Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of killing unwanted babies, it's just that the idea of letting women make a decision doesn't sit well with me." - Zach Braff on abortion.