Ann Coulter has an interesting definition of civil rights. According to the conservative pundit, civil rights are reserved for the black community and are not meant for gays, women, or immigrants.
During the round table discussion at “This Week,” Coulter said:
“There is the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. We don’t owe the homeless. We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, or gays who want to get married to one another. That’s what civil rights has become for much of the left … I think civil rights are for blacks… What have we done to the immigrants? We owe black people something. We have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven’t even been in this country.”
What do you think of Ann Coulter’s comments? Is the black community the only group that has faced inequality in America? Is suffering a pre-requisite for equal rights?
Former Obama domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes said that Coulter obviously didn’t have a firm grasp on history, saying that immigrants have suffered discrimination for a long time in America.
“I think you misunderstand the history of what’s happened to immigrants and the history of discrimination against immigrants in this country … we were trying to keep people from coming in this country in the most discriminatory of manner, in a way that doesn’t lead to and build on the fact that we are a nation of immigrants.”
What do you think of Ann Coulter’s comments?