Without education, this is the kind of shit that is spouted. When we take facts and reality away from our children, this is the kind of world we are creating for them. I realize it can be dangerously erring on the side of ludicrous to broaden a topic to the point of universality, but when you rewrite history - like what is happening in Texas - or you reduce or limit ethnic studies to the point of white-washing certain events - like what is happening in Arizona - you create a society of ill-informed, overly prejudiced individuals who act out of fear instead of out of reason.
Such is the case with Uganda's attitude toward homosexuality. Uganda, the country of the 'Kill the Gays' Bill, is the source of the video below. It depicts what happens when one guy practices something called 'confirmation bias' concerning anti-homosexuality. He wanted to present an certain view and only presented certain information that seemed to confirm that bias.
Rioters, we need education. We need open discourse on even the most uncomfortable, un-talked-about subjects. I've talked about this in my series on tolerance education in the classroom, but I can NOT stress this point enough. We cannot limit our children's education. We cannot choose what information to withhold, what to give, and change the facts to suit our agendas. We need to trust that the next generation has the brainpower to delineate crap and fiction from truth.
The video that has me all riled up is below. I couldn't even make my way through it. It's a real video from Uganda. And, while it is unintentionally funny, it is scary.
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Love and Lyte,