Robbie Rogers- Openly Gay Soccer Player
This issue of rights for gay athletes is similar to Civil Rights because both the blacks and the gays were treated badly by other groups. “Arkansas governor Oral E. Faubus had the Arkansas National Guard, surrounded the building to keep out the students.” (Landau). The black students were treated horribly and it made many people mad that the National Guard forced the blacks to stay out. These black children were not treated with respect and this shows that the blacks did not have equal rights.
The topics of gay rights and Civil Rights contrast because most people in the world today are for gay rights, while in the 1950’s there were many completely against giving blacks rights. It is known that over three fourths of the people are for gay rights. The blacks were “beaten with sticks and clubs…”(Landau). There was a very large group of Americans that were against rights for blacks and they would beat blacks or anyone supporting the blacks.
On the other hand an openly gay athlete stated, “I received overwhelming love and support from people and that filled me with pride.” (Hine). Almost all gay athletes are treated with love and they are respected the same. This is how it should be because they are still the same people. There is no reason to treat someone differently because of their sexuality. These athletes are still the same people now as they were before. They have the same abilities and they can still be stellar athletes.
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