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Today I LOVE Keith Olbermann!!!

November 11, 2008

In this video Keith talks about the tragedy that is the passage of Prop 8 in California, and wants to know, what is it to you? and so do I…

Hat tip to the Mad One, who has been taking some heat for his provocative words on the role of blacks in the passage of Prop 8, even though, the import of the conversation that provocation generated has been totally over looked and forgotten, while people sit about quibbling about words. I despair that this is why, as a species, we tend to make little forward progress, but I digress.

Olbermann makes the VERY, VERY important point about how, historically, the definition of who can be married has changed, to reflect the increasingly progressive and inclusive trends in our country, in terms of human dignity and civil rights for all humanity. At first, black slaves were not allowed to marry each other, because as property, they couldn’t be legally bound to another in marriage. When those laws were dropped due to emancipation, it was then determined that blacks and whites could not marry. Astoundingly, in 1967, in 13 states, our president elect’s parents would not have been able to marry legally. You know, the LEADER of our country today, as Olbermann point’s out.

Blacks marrying blacks hasn’t hurt the institution of marriage. Blacks marrying whites hasn’t hurt it either (and the world was supposed to be undone by having a bunch of kids running around the world with mixed racial identities – we needed to protect the children from racial confusion! Just like we need to protect the children of homosexual/bisexual/transgendered, etc. from gender confusion! Rolls my eyes.)

The No On Prop 8 Campaign failed to demonstrate the link between the case of Loving v. Virginia and voting No On Prop 8.  The campaign failed to take into account the message that black voters needed to hear, about how that denial of a fundamental civil right for blacks is exactly the same denial we are imposing against same gender partners in their quest for marriage.

There are problems with marriage, alright. But allowing people who seek permanence in their relationships, who are seeking to be common stable citizens, is not one, that I can see.

Keith wants to know, what is it to you? I do too.

The bible? Please. According to the bible, blacks should still be slaves and take it across the chin and smile about it, as it’s God’s will. Thank GOD there are people who can sniff out the ignorant will of man dressing itself up as God’s will in the name of bigotry, racism and hopefully, in our future, homophobia.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2008 11:04 am

    Astonishing and moving. Thanks.

  2. Sherry permalink
    November 11, 2008 5:09 pm

    Was he not wonderful? I truly thought it was one of the most passionate right on statements about gay rights that I have heard in a long time. He can truly give a commentary like no other!

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