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Legislating hate November 11, 2008

Posted by Michelle, with dignity in news.
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In the first part of the 20th century, the US had a habit of legislating against minority groups.  Separate but equal was heartless, and of course, never equal.  

It backfired on us with the tumultuous movements of the 1960s.  I can’t believe it took us 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation to understand that separate is never equal, and that African Americans (and Native Americans, and Irish Americans and Asian Americans) were worthy of the same things that Western European Americans were.  

So, things haven’t really changed.  The media talked for months before the presidential election about how people were saying they were going to vote for Obama simply because they were afraid of looking racist, but that they wouldn’t actually vote for him.  This perpetuate racism, of course, implying that his supporters really are just racists at heart…


Anyway, point is that Prop 8 passed last week, and I’m shocked.  I’m saddened, and I’m really disappointed in people.  And to follow that up, here’s what my fave new commentator had to say. 

What is this, to you? Nobody is asking you to embrace their expression of love. But don’t you, as human beings, have to embrace… that love? The world is barren enough.

It is stacked against love, and against hope, and against those very few and precious emotions that enable us to go forward. Your marriage only stands a 50-50 chance of lasting, no matter how much you feel and how hard you work.


You are asked now, by your country, and perhaps by your creator, to stand on one side or another. You are asked now to stand, not on a question of politics, not on a question of religion, not on a question of gay or straight. You are asked now to stand, on a question of love. All you need do is stand, and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate.

You don’t have to help it, you don’t have it applaud it, you don’t have to fight for it. Just don’t put it out. Just don’t extinguish it. Because while it may at first look like that love is between two people you don’t know and you don’t understand and maybe you don’t even want to know. It is, in fact, the ember of your love, for your fellow person just because this is the only world we have. And the other guy counts, too.

Keith Olberman



1. Michael - November 16, 2008

Amen to that.

I posted the whole transcript on mine, and like you, I agree with him 100%.

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