To pause a line of traffic

Imagine a city, a new city, it yet empty of people. There is much opportunity … if the right people come.

In the beginning a bunch of straight white men built a subdivision 20 miles east of the city on the best land imaginable. And every morning 10s of thousands of these white men would drive in to the city. Eventually more people moved into the region; a bunch of women built a subdivision about 15 miles east of the city; and some black people built a subdivision about 10 miles East; and some gay people eventually built a subdivision about 5 miles East.

And every morning the white men would fill the road to the city, steadily moving at 35mph. From the side roads the gays, the blacks, and the women would try to enter onto the road to the city. But they could never enter because of the unceasing flow of the 10s of thousands of white men steadily moving on the road to the city. And the women and the gays and the blacks would bang their steering wheels, beep their horns, cuss and cuss and cuss inside their cars waiting for never to get onto the road to the city. When they finally did, it was too late; the white men had already filled all available job positions in the city.

One morning one of the white men cruising in the flowing traffic noticed the frustrated face of a black person sitting in his car at a side road waiting desperately to enter the road to the city, and then he did something revolutionary: he stopped his car to let the black person enter the road to the city, and the whole train of cars behind him, filled with white men, had to come to a halt; they were furious and yelled at the man who had stopped the flow, calling him a traitor for stopping the flow of traffic. But eventually members of City Hall became sympathetic with the difficulties that the black people faced trying to merge into the flow, and so the City Hall installed a traffic light at the intersection of the road to the city and the road to their subdivision. And the flow of white men had to pause …

Eventually the women starting voicing their opinions, screaming for their rights. Eventually enough people in City Hall became sympathetic with the women’s frustration over the impossibility of their being able to access the road to the city every morning, that they agreed to install a traffic light where their side road intersects with the road to the city. And the flow of white men had to pause again …

And the whole scenario repeated itself with regards to the gays. And the flow of straight white men had to pause again …

And then the straight white gun-lovin men began to clamor that their rights were being affected. And logically-speaking, they were … after all, the certainties of their lives were being decreased, as many others gained access to the road to the city.

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