Tag Archive | Black Lives Matter

Shit that Pissed me off – 1/6

Boy Scouts Bar Transgender Boy

Due to a lot of factors, my boys aren’t really involved in scouting any longer.  I am supportive of scouting and even though I’m aware of the larger issues that surround the Scout’s continued public disapproval of LGBTQ kids (and atheist kids for that matter), I’ve seen some attempts by the organization to soften their stance.

The people my kids have worked with are good people and whatever the national chapter of the Scouts may choose to do, our troop is a good troop that, I think, would not engage in this kind of discrimination.  If my kids were still engaged in Scouts, I don’t think I’d pull them over this because I’d be punishing my kids by taking away something they enjoy.

And that makes me kind of crazy.  Because on the one hand, I wouldn’t want to punish my kids for being who they are.  On the other hand, the Boy Scouts just punished a kid for being who they are.

As we move (slowly) towards acceptance of homosexuality in our society (even as some fight to be able to discriminate free from consequence), transgender rights has now become a new arena and I fear this fight will be harder because people don’t get it.

I do not understand why people are transgender and therefore I will hate them for it.

I do not understand why people are transgender and therefore I will hate them for it.

If you’ve spent your entire life being totally comfortable with your gender, you have no way of understanding someone who is identified as a boy because they were born with a penis but has spent their entire life playing the role of a boy.

As an actor, I get to stop being a character I don’t like when I’m done with the performance.  Someone who is pretending to be a gender with which they do not identify never gets the chance to step off stage.  They are constantly pretending.  And it is exhausting.

Giving them the freedom to stop pretending ought to be something we all celebrate.  It ought to be something that makes us happy because we ought to want other people to be happy.

I mean, aside from pedophile priests.  You gotta draw the line somewhere.

But we don’t give a fuck about that because we are more concerned with who is peeing in the stall next to our kid.  Our kid doesn’t care because they just want to get back to the playground.  They probably didn’t even notice the person in the stall next to them.

Our own discomfort with the idea of gender identity is the problem.  If we are cool with the gender identity we were assigned at birth, we can’t understand why anyone else isn’t.

The Boy Scouts should be a place where young men (and by that I mean people who identify as young men) can learn how to be responsible adult men.  Part of that responsibility should be learning to accept that we aren’t all the same.  Their rigidity is disheartening to say the least.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/26

French Burkini Ban

I’m not going to pretend I don’t have issues with any religion (or interpretation of religion) that tells women they must keep their bodies covered.  It is an act of body shaming and subtle oppression meant to make women feel ashamed of their own identity.

However, women also get to make their own choices regarding what they want to wear.  And if they want to wear a head scarf at the beach, that ought to be completely fine.  It’s their fucking head and their fucking scarf.  You shouldn’t be handing out tickets (she was given a fucking ticket) based on the fact they have put on too much clothing.

That this is being done in the name of secularism (her ticket was for failing to wear “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”) is equally disgusting.  There is nothing about secularism that suggests anyone should be judged for what they choose to wear.

Even if they want to wear this.

Even if they want to wear this.

French courts seem to agree so far as they have struck down the ban on burkinis in the last few days.

You can understand the concern about terrorism in France given recent horrific attacks.  It makes a lot more sense than the concern in other countries like, say, the United States.

However, swimwear is not a sign of terroristic intent.  It is a sign of someone who believes that they have a right to cover their bodies because it is their fucking body.

It is ironic that France has many topless (and even nude) beaches implying that you can’t wear too little at the beach, you can only wear too much.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/15

Rudy Giuliani Says Black Lives Matter is Racist

In a classic white guy move, Rudy Guiliani makes the Black Lives Matter movement all about him.  He doesn’t seem to understand that the statement “black lives matter” is not the same as “white lives don’t matter” or “black lives matter more.”

Instead, he focuses on black people trying to find a voice and calls it racist.  He tells the BLM protestors that they are doing it wrong because they aren’t protesting every murder in Chicago.

Chicago is a big thing with the right.  They bring it up all the time.  Why isn’t BLM protesting every death in Chicago?

Like old black men who die of a heart attack because they drank too much coffee? Why isn't Black Lives Matter trying to shut down Starbucks? What a bunch of racist fucks!

Like old black men who die of a heart attack because they drank too much coffee? Why isn’t Black Lives Matter trying to shut down Starbucks? What a bunch of racist fucks!

Hey, good question, Rudy!  While you’re at it, why don’t you ask why people who are against the Death penalty don’t protest every death in America?

And hey Rudy, you’re pro-life, right?  So after you go to those pro-life rallies, do you ever go to a rally protesting parents who beat their children to death?  If I used that argument on you, would you call me racist?

Black Lives Matter is focused on a specific part of the black experience in America.  It is not the only part.

But – and this is the crazy thing you don’t get Rudy – they are all related.  You can protest one particular part of the problem (police brutality that disproportionately targets black men) and have an impact on all of it.

However, when you tell the BLM movement that they are doing it wrong, all you are doing is proving their point.  They are saying white America needs to stop thinking about race from our point of view and spend a little time trying to understand it from their point of view.

And then we say “but you don’t understand my point of view.”

And we wonder why they block traffic so we’ll listen.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/8

I took another week off for CONvergence and oh my did this week get full of all the things.  I kept a few old articles but let’s start by taking a look at what happened this week.

Philando Castile was Murdered by Police

I know there are people who claim we should wait to judge until all the facts come out.  It is interesting to me that every person who has said this to me is white.

I’m not suggesting these people are racist.  I’m suggesting that these people need to listen to the facts that are already there and recognize that magnanimously suggesting that we need to know all of the facts before we “overreact” is part of the problem.

Every person of color I know is already well acquainted with the facts.  They know that the officer who killed Castile will have a reasonable sounding excuse that he feared for his life.  He may face a trial and he may face some public backlash but – and this is really important – no matter how unpleasant those things may be he will still be alive.

This is what he looked like. Just so we all remember that he was a human being.

This is what he looked like. Just so we all remember that he was a human being.

Philando Castile will be vilified by clueless people who will find reasons he deserves to be dead.  They will tell the rest of us that we don’t know what happened at that traffic stop and he probably deserved to be pulled over.

He doesn’t get to defend himself.  He doesn’t get to tell his story.  To anyone waiting for all the facts to come out, please remember that the only person who gets to tell their story is the man who killed him.

And if you believe his race didn’t matter, you really haven’t been paying attention.

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