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I’m not here to lecture anyone about anything but I do wish people would do a little more research before getting all worked up about things.
No one reads past the headlines anymore. I see it all the time on Twitter, Tumblr, and especially Huffington Post. People read an inflammatory headline and just go off!
My favorite is when people repeat stories without checking to see if what they’re repeating is indeed fact, and not just some regurgitated piece of rhetoric.
I can’t tell you whether or not Stephen Colbert is a racist or not, I’ve never met the man, but I do know he uses satire to make a point. He very often holds a mirror up to show us just how ugly we behave towards one another.
I think this latest stunt was quite effective at doing just that. If nothing else, it is keeping the much needed conversation about race in the foreground.
One of the most important things we can do as a society is learn how to consider intent. Did that person intend harm in any way? …or was (s)he just unaware?
We also need to learn to laugh at ourselves.
As a gay man, I question what I see hundreds of times a day. I hear kids on the bus who don’t know any better calling each other gay, as if gay was a bad thing. I see gay men depicted as feminine stereotypes akin to the clownish black step-n-fetch it types of days gone by. I’m not saying things don’t need to change. But we do need to learn how to weed out the good natured ribbing from the downright mean spirited BS.
But what the hell do I know?
The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family. That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.
The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.