I'm sorry... I didn't realize we'd gone back in time.
Racism. Homophobia. Bigotry. This is the stuff that's not making headlines because of the pervasiveness of Michael Jackson's perpetual memorial and the myriad of Republican sex scandals. It's alive and well, and sadly not getting better anytime soon.
Recently, in El Paso, Texas a group of gay men were asked to leave a Chico's Tacos restaurant because two of them kissed.
In Philadelphia, PA a group of hispanic and black children were refused use of a pool facility - despite paying over $1900 - because the swim club thought that their presence would "change the complexion...and atmosphere of the club."
And, as recently as July 10th in Salt Lake City, Utah two men were detained by the security detail of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and then later arrested by police for holding hands and kissing - once - while walking through a main road that happened to be on/around LDS facilities.
Oh, and let's not forget the raid on a Fort Worth, Texas gay bar that happened on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Man, that makes you proud to be from Texas. Honestly, I can think of an enormous number of people that I know in Texas that probably are quite pleased with the police officers' performance in this raid. Pathetic.
I mean, is it just me, or have we suddenly stepped back a century or two? Segregated swimming pools? Separate but equal ideologies? Unequal treatment at restaurants, street sidewalks, and pools?! I'm just flabbergasted. There's really no other word or sentiment that's accurate enough. I'm appalled. Outraged. Yet, I continue to hope. I hope this administration shows us some change to back up our belief. I pray that my children never learn of these atrocities on humanity. Again, I urge you to contact the offices of your Senator, your Representative, your Governor, Mayor, President, etc. Let them know we'd like to live in 2009, not 1809.
Blessings to you and yours.
Love and Lyte,