The Week in Review: Topic Two—Let’s look at the relationship between the tragic events in Baltimore this week and the historic arguments presented before the Supreme Court for marriage equality… Yes, only my mind thinks like this!1
When you have been taught that you have a constitutional democracy for, by, and of the people2, and you believe that government is no longer working for you but against you, you know: harming and killing your neighbors for no good reason and getting away with it over and over again, the mess we have seen in Baltimore (and other cities) is bound to occur. Repressed people will, rightly so, demand the government serve at their will. Repressed people in this nation will be heard—one way or another. (And it’s all because of those godless, liberal, elitist, public school social studies teachers’ subversive agenda—teaching children to stand up for justice! The very idea! And the politicians think our teachers are not doing an excellent job? I beg to differ!)
The question American society should be asking is how do we effectively make the system work for everyone so people don’t have to resort to upturning society to get the justice to which they are entitle. People in this country are going to demand that the government work for them, not attempt to suppress them! I would suggest the simplest solution is to be far more mindful of justice to begin with, to treat all people with the dignity and respect they deserve. I’m not so sure peaceful protestors are heard in this nation. Money speaks in this country because businesses are now people.
And as for the video of the black mother smacking her son, who had allegedly been rioting in the streets, she was not doing that for the amusement and satisfaction of the white, privileged class in this country. My guess: she was terrified her son, a child who probably means the world to her, would get himself killed or imprisoned by a system that tends to do that to black kids on the streets of our cities.
I don’t condone what has gone on in our city streets, but I do understand why it happens. Until we address the cause, until we do a better job with “liberty and justice for all” we deserve the civil unrest. Civil unrest is the cost of oppression. Would the senseless killing of Freddie Gray have been deemed a murder had people not taken to the streets?
And before my fellow white, entitled, conservative friends3 who, completely unknown to themselves, are accustomed to living from a place of privilege get all holier than thou about Baltimore, lets talk about this week’s big marriage equality case before the SCOTUS.
What’s this I hear from the unravelling extremist religious fringe? Threats of civil disobedience because the extremists fear they’re not going to get their way? They say they just won’t abide by the law of the land? I’ve even heard threats of armed rebellion!
I’ve made my position on the marriage equality matter clear, but I have no idea how the court will decide this issue. Whatever the decision, we all have to live by it. Don’t we learn by the age of 10 that you don’t pack up your marbles and go home or kick everyone else’s marbles all over tarnation4 when your friends refuse to play by your rules?
Marriage equality does not repress anybody.5 It’s not as if marriage equality costs anyone literally anything or affects extremists in any way whatsoever!6 It will not kill anyone the way racism killed Freddie Gray and homophobia kills time and time again. It will not imprison extremists. Marriage equality will not physically harm anyone. It will not restrict anyone’s life in any way. Marriage equality will only reveal how narrow minded extremists are, how incapable of celebrating human love they are, if they choose to live with that minority perspective. Marriage equality is a matter of social justice, and, finally, a repressed class is being heard.
Before the extremists beginning claiming they are the people being persecuted7, I feel compelled to point out that the extremists’ dominant world view has subjugated gay people for millennia. The time has come, in my humble opinion, to redress this grievance.
So, to all of my fundamentalist, religious extremist, conservative friends who are coming unravelled by this process of letting a repressed class be heard, stop whining and just grow up, already!
Someone seems to be annoyed that I would draw attention to the extreme conservative view that the riots in Boston are wrong but the extremists’ desire to wage anarchy in the US if the SCOTUS passes marriage equality is right. And to prove that point, the reader decided to wage anarchy in cyber space to bring down my blog by launching a distributed denial of service attack on my blog, as if that’s right, too. For more information, check out this post.
Remember that’s what my blog is all about: connecting the dots… ↩
and I don’t blame you for being white, entitled, or conservative—well, maybe the latter ↩
now that’s an old southern expression I haven’t heard in years ↩
However, marriage inequality does affect people, literally millions of people. ↩
goodness that gets so tiresome! ↩