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  •  Tipped for opening up a necessary discussion (15+ / 0-)

    of all the messy humanness of our reactions to a changing culture, which many Americans feel twinges of discomfort about, and some reject outright.

    You did a good job of opening up your own feelings, while acknowledging your limitations and showing sensitivity to the feelings of all who want a completely fair and equitable USA by yesterday:

    I imagine some people reading this are labeling me as homophobic...and perhaps I am to a degree, while I grow and evolve as a human being.  But I can also honestly say I rooted for Sam to get drafted and I'm rooting for him to succeed in the NFL and in life.  I can also say that I have no doubt he should've been drafted higher and that teams shied away from him due to his sexual orientation, which is wrong.

    I'm not one of those people who fail to see the parallels between gay and lesbian rights and African Americans' ongoing struggle for equality. . . .

    Russell is a wise man and I'm trying to get there. People adapt to change at different paces...and most adapt to change slowly.  Even President Obama said he had to evolve on the issue of gay marriage.

    In the meantime, I like the direction our society is moving in terms of the acceptance and equality of folks in the LGBT community.

    Some readers will take offense, I expect, at hearing your less than 100% embrace of Michael Sam's kiss and cake. But the sad facts are, there are millions of Americans far more outraged, and completely unreasonable, on this issue. We need to be able to have a frank, fair discussion about these events and all of our own feelings reacting to them.

    It takes a lot of listening, understanding each other, and sometimes arguing, for a whole community to reach a consensus of more humane enlightenment. If we can have this discussion now, warts and all, on Daily Kos - then maybe in a decade we can have it in every bar in every red state.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Thu May 15, 2014 at 07:36:17 AM PDT

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