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Pride, Riots and Tea June 1, 2020

We celebrate June as pride month. Right now, there doesn’t seem to be much to celebrate in our Country. However, I believe one way to celebrate our Pride is by standing beside others who are suffering oppression. This year, more than usual, we need to remember that we likely would not have the advances we do have in LGBTQ+ rights had it not been for the Stonewall riots. Before you say I’m condoning violence, let me say I’m not. I’m simply noting the fact that when we look at history we see that uprising, rebellion and even rioting have often been the turning point where those in power FINALLY started listening to the oppressed. Far too often the “sounds” of Civil Disobedience fall on deaf ears.

America was born of revolution. (It’s even in the name of the war.)
The Boston Tea Party.
The Civil War.
The French Revolution.
Athenian Revolution.
I could go on and on.
Yes I oppose violence. But I understand it.
And it’s so very sad that so very often it seems so very necessary!
Ya know, it bothers me knowing there are those in the LGBTQ+ community that are hard-core racists. It bothers me knowing there are African Americans that are hard-core homophobes.
Two highly oppressed groups that have some members who, while fighting for their own rights, fight against the rights of others.

Oh but when the oppressed stand with each other, there is truly cause for celebration! Let’s bring some joy into the world by celebrating Pride Month loudly and proudly, while loudly and proudly standing peacefully with our black brothers and sisters that are going through so much right now.

 

Straight Pride? June 7, 2019

Well of course.
Of course white people can be proud. Of course straight people can be proud. Of course men can be proud. But straight pride, white pride and male pride are this: Extreme exercises in Missing The Point.

Each of these groups have been the oppressors against each of the counter-groups.

“But I shouldn’t be held accountable for what others in my group have done!”
As an old white male, I enjoy inherent privilege for being so. I don’t have to do a thing to enjoy those privileges.  They are just there automatically. If someone sees me in a dark alley, their assumptions are much different than if they see a young black male in a dark alley.
If someone sees “David” on a job application, they may be more inclined to hire me than if they saw the name “Susie” on the same application.
As far as I know, no one has ever been fired just for being straight.  No man has been beaten just for holding his wife’s hand in public.

Is it MY fault I have this privilege?
No. It’s not.
And I shouldn’t be held accountable for what I have no control over. BUT…
If I deny those privileges exist, I AM accountable for that.
If I deny the oppression, hate and control exerted or legislated over “the other,”
I AM accountable for that.

Silence and/or inaction to combat the negatives others experience at the hands of that privilege make me complicit.
And for all their false claims of oppression, fundamentalist “Christians” have long, long enjoyed the highest of the high of elite status in the USA. So much so, that the slightest hint of others having a major say in this Country truly feels like oppression to them.
It is not!

Gay pride. Black power. Women’s rights. They all came about, and are necessary, because of the excessive privilege of a dominant straight white “Christian” male omnipotence. I am confident that if Jesus were here, physically present today, he would be marching right beside his LGBT, Black and Female friends. Their marches and parades are a part of their freedom from their oppressors. That’s something participants in a “Straight Pride” parade can never ever claim.  And although they can never even fully understand, they really need to try.
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