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I wish I knew what to say about inequality and injustice, but after reading this blog post today - thanks to Body Impolitic for the pointer - shortly after reading this editorial I am about speechless.  

"No president possesses that magic wand, but Obama’s inaction on gay civil rights is striking. So is his utterly uncharacteristic inarticulateness. The Justice Department brief defending DOMA has spoken louder for this president than any of his own words on the subject. (Jennifer) Chrisler noted that he has given major speeches on race, on abortion and to the Muslim world. “People are waiting for that passionate speech from him on equal rights,” she said, “and the time is now.” "

"Action would be even better. It’s a press cliché that “gay supporters” are disappointed with Obama, but we should all be. Gay Americans aren’t just another political special interest group. They are Americans who are actively discriminated against by federal laws. If the president is to properly honor the memory of Stonewall, he should get up to speed on what happened there 40 years ago, when courageous kids who had nothing, not even a public acknowledgment of their existence, stood up to make history happen in the least likely of places." - Frank Rich

"The Confederacy responded by denying their eyes and massacred black soldiers taken prisoner. They refused to let black soldier retrieve their dead. They basically did everything to rob them of any status as soldiers, as men. The most moving section of Battle Cry, for me, is when Lincoln and Grant suspend prisoner exchanges, because the Confederates refuse to treat black POWs with the dignity they treat white ones. This was more than mere talk--Lincoln and Grant, sacrificed white Union soldiers, wasting away in notorious Andersonville, on the insistence of equal treatment. Two months before the War ends, Lee relents. But by then he's come to an ironic reckoning--if the Confederacy was to survive it would need black troops, too." - Ta-Nihisi Coates

Why is it still acceptable for some to have more rights than others? We have to begin to recognize and honor the humanity of every person. We just have to make it happen.

Date: 2009-06-30 03:59 am (UTC)
onyxlynx: Winged Duesenberg hood ornament (1920)
From: [personal profile] onyxlynx
We've been working on it for a couple thousand years now. It's a long term project and it has to be repeated each generation.

Date: 2009-06-30 06:24 am (UTC)
emceeaich: Big rocks from outer space solve many problems. (boom)
From: [personal profile] emceeaich
What was astonishing and disgusting was to read the Wikipedia entry on the massacre, and find that it had been watered down. Reading the talk page, you see why. I'm sick of people romanticizing the Confederates.


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