(WTF is wrong with people?)
(WTF is wrong with people?)
An interesting consideration of part of what's behind the "marriage equality threatens traditional marriage" argument.
'It’s not because straight people won’t want to get married if gays are doing it, too. It’s because it redefines marriage as an institution of love instead of oppression.'
I.e., the traditional part that is threatened is less the "man and woman" aspect as much as the "man as husband, breadwinning and heading the house, and woman as wife, bearing and rearing children and getting dinner on the table every night" model. It's positing that being Ward and June Cleaver (or some darker version of same) is not the way things ought to, let alone have to, be. If we say, as a society, that marriage between two men or two women is actually marriage, then those traditional and binding and biologically "natural" roles for men and women in marriage are not inevitable, not the norm, not what we're teaching the next generation to line up to be.
Some people think that's not a good thing. Personally, I think it's a positive for couples both gay and straight, now and in the future.
To be black in the Baltimore of my youth was to be naked before the elements of the world, before all the guns, fists, knives, crack, rape, and disease. The law did not protect us. And now, in your time, the law has become an excuse for stopping and frisking you, which is to say, for furthering the assault on your body. But a society that protects some people through a safety net of schools, government-backed home loans, and ancestral wealth but can only protect you with the club of criminal justice has either failed at enforcing its good intentions or has succeeded at something much darker.
What a voice. What a conscience.
They tended to get basic questions about the Civil War wrong. They also tended towards highly racist views.
I think the story above is still relevant given how rabidly supporters of the Confederate flag defend their supposed rights to fly it. Also note that the study is specifically the "heritage, not hate" argument from Confederate proponents.
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