Monday, May 14, 2012

Republican Prescient Vision of Earth = Dune

Sometimes I think that Republicans want to turn Earth into this galaxy's version of Dune. They could, they'd issue las-guns to all of the 2nd Amendment freaks and privatize all water sources, until the planet is sucked dry and almost all life as we know it has been destroyed. I'm afraid the Golden Path no longer exists.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

To White LGBTQIA Folks Complaining About Homophobia in "The Black Church"

Actually, it's white church leaders who make up the majority of those complaining and threatening the President. You're just choosing to focus on the minority, which is convenient and predictable scapegoating. You're justified in not being impressed by them, just as I am justified in not being impressed by you.

It's so typical to see people avoid actually making real changes by ignoring those who are truly oppressing LGBTQIA folks. Instead, you participate in the marginalization of LGBTQIA folks like me. Sadly, there are many, many white LGBTQIA folks who would rather try to shift blame to people of color in order to avoid confronting the fact that it is other white people who are truly oppressing them. It's just so much easier to say that it's the Blacks, isn't it?

Have you forgotten the fact that Obama comes from "the black church" with "black church leaders"? Yet he has supported LGBTQIA folks more than any white religious President ever bothered to do. It was "the black church" that produced this President whose morals push him to seek equality for LGBTQIA people.

If what you said about "the black church" was true, then why has it always included and welcomed LGBTQIA folks into its hierarchy? If you were educated about "the black church", you'd know about the ubiquitous traditional roles that LGBTQIA play in their traditions. It sure as heck doesn't exist in the modern white evangelical churches that dominate this society.

I guess it would be asking too much for folks like you (white LGBTQIA folks who put themselves out there by whining about the presence of homophobia in Black churches), to actually ally with LGBTQIA people of color. While LGBTQIA people of color work to change the churches that kept them alive even when white LGBTQIA folks were perfectly content to see slavery and Jim Crow laws, people like you just sit there complaining and acting as if all of this activism doesn't exist.

Some days I just have to shake my head at the hypocrisy and un-examined privilege within white-dominated LGBTQIA communities.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

My husband is 6'4" and an ex high school football player. I was a single mom with a 3 year old, when we met. I thought my daughter would be scared stiff at such an imposing figure. Instead, she just adored him. My nieces and nephews have always loved for him to hold them, too. He swings them around and tosses them in the air and catches them with that upper body strength that most women don't possess. I still feel jealous that I'm considered absolutely boring compared to him. He never had a child of his own, but he knew how to make kids feel comfortable. It was just instinctive for him. He's also the smartest, most compassionate man I've ever met.

Like Obama, he has a father who was a person of color and a white mother, though he was raised with just his mom and grandmother and his sisters. He was as poor as a church mouse when we met, but I could tell that with his brains (He has an IQ of 151) and attitude he was "going places". He now works for a video game company, doing what myriad kids across the country wish they could do for a living. We own our cars and our beautiful house outright (no mortgage) and we don't use credit cards. We're no millionaires, but we live comfortably.

I can relate to Obama much more than Romney. This guy had it all handed to him. He's the kind of guy who used to pay folks like me and my husband to write their college term papers for them and tutor them, because they couldn't be arsed to do such menial activities like researching stuff or attending class.

I had no problem taking their money, in exchange for my help, because it was all coming from their mommies and daddies anyway. However, they are NOT folks that I would put in charge of ANYTHING. I wouldn't trust Romney to babysit my fish over the weekend.