The media insists that everything
bad “disproportionately affects” Blacks, those in the LGBTQ community, and other
supposedly “marginalized” groups. The more preposterous the claim, the better,
as if the media takes it as a challenge. Hence, we hear that inflation, high
interest rates, and economic downturns are somehow harder on gays than heterosexuals,
even though they typically have significantly higher household incomes than
straight couples do, higher savings rates, and more disposable income, often due
to the lack of children.
And we are subjected to stories
claiming that everything-- acid rain, climate change, Lyme disease, and cedar
apple rust included—is harder on peoples of color. (Even though we are told minorities
don't go outdoors as much-- or to national parks-- because they understandably feel
uncomfortable in these “white spaces.”)
Yet, remarkably, when it comes to
reporting on the one thing that now demonstrably does disproportionately
affect gay men, monkey pox, the media refuses to even note this. Won’t
say it. Because it’s the truth. And it reflects poorly on certain behaviors of
a protected class.
The sad irony is that, in the long
run, this deliberate obfuscation itself may adversely affect those it
was designed to protect.