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  •  What is with the "waiting" references? (1+ / 0-)
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    dirkster42

    It is odd to think of freedom or equality as something one waits for.

    It is odd, too, to think of freedom or equality as something one expects someone else to give.

    Someone wrote upthread about how long women and people of color "waited" for freedom.  Someone else responded by saying while colored folks and women were "waiting," LGBT community members were being murdered.

    This is all very revisionist.

    Blacks did not wait for s**t.  They marched across towns, bridges and states, were openly murdered, hung from trees and burned to ash, they ran through woods, and took the lash and ran again, their churches were bombed, and they set up shop "down the way" and kept preaching, they walked through the heat and through the snow rather than take a segregated bus, their little girls were bombed in churches, dogs chewed off their pants and through their flesh, rubber bullets, water hoses, real bullets, rocks, stones, hurled at them in the streets, whites and Jews who supported them vanishing with them in the day and into the night, their towns were burned in entirety, flames consuming their entire citizenry, and they published papers for justice when it was still illegal for them to read and write, they were beaten, murdered, defamed as they protested, so many denied justice, their legendary leaders assassinated, their women and children systematically raped, their rights denied, their rights codified, their rights quickly worked around and trampled on with clever laws or biased judges and juries, their rights inventively protected by creative lawsuits and brilliant lawyers denied bar admission due to their bronze skin, and onward they marched and yelled and sued and marched and cried and protested and marched and educated and partnered up with others and they marched and marched and they won...and discrimination continues, openly, riotously, generationally, institutionally, and still they march and vote and cry and demand and remember that they must never forget that it is not over now and may never be.  The marching is in their shoes, their blood, their babies, their pain, their anger, their music, their humor, their rage, their souls, their history, their future.  Do you know what is not on their list?  Waiting.

    TAKE WAITING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO FIX THIS OFF OF YOUR LIST AND D***IT, GO MAKE IT HAPPEN YOURSELF.  Warning, you are going to continue to suffer as a community as you fight for change.  The entitlement and expectation of being given something because you believe it is fair and you deserve it is reserved exclusively for mainstream USA.  Now you have to put your "underrepresented community" cap on and realize just how unfair and unjust of an a**-kick this is gonna be.  And I hope you are going to pad the back of your jeans and take the kicks as you MARCH and DEMAND and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.  Oh, and by the way, every time you keep your ear tuned and call out for justice or correct a word or deed that is out of line, you will be attacked by the mainstream community you may once have identified with for being "hypersensitive" or "always making everything about sexuality."  Be ready for it.  And make some noise ANYWAY.

    I am not going to go into what Latinos and Asians and Native Americans and women actively DID and still DO in the face of crazy inequities and constant Supreme Court challenges and threats.  But trust me, waiting is not on that list either.

    GO.  FIGHT.  FOR.  IT.  And when you personally have a plan, post it here, or start a site, or hold a press conference, or darnit, take to the streets with a plan in hand, because that is how change happens when you are not "demographically correct."  Or join those who already have a plan, like Courage Campaign, and demand that the plan involve visible, unified, vocal ACTION.  "Meet in the middle" is an example coming up on Tuesday I think.  I say meet in Washington.  Worked for some folks.

    I picture my grandparents or parents angrily writing letters to the President, asking why Blacks don't have equal rights yet.  Sheeeeeeeeeee-it... Can you picture that yourself?  What would you say to Black folks in the '50s and '60s who wanted to know how much longer they were going to have to wait for justice?

    It will happen - that's what justice does.  It happens.  But not because someone hands it to you while you wait.  And not because you criticize the people who aren't doing it for you.  It is not enough to eloquently write for your rights.  GO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS.  We are waiting to follow where you lead.  

    If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less. - Gen. Eric Shinseki

    by dmitcha on Sat May 30, 2009 at 07:21:51 PM PDT

    •  Point, please, to the place where I said (1+ / 0-)
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      anything about waiting passively for someone else. And I am "doing something." I'm exercising my constitutional right to petition my government for redress of grievances and to express my opinion about just how badly one of the agents of that government is doing his job. And as for marching on Washington, been there, done that. And it's looking like we'll be going back for a fifth time in a generation. That's four times more than the black civil rights marchers managed, not that anyone's counting.

      •  here is what I was referencing (0+ / 0-)

        How long did blacks wait to become recognized as humans in the eyes of the law?  Or woman, for that matter?  It sucks, but justice takes a while.  Keep up the fight, but don't give up on Obama.

        While Blacks and Women Were Waiting
        GLBTIQ people were relegated to subhuman status.  We have been and continue to be murdered, imprisoned, lobotomized, and fired simply for being who we are.

        Both upthread.  Wasn't responding to a direct statement from you.  

        On the other hand, we will have to disagree on the notion of "been there, done that" because I don't want to get into any discussion about who has suffered more or worked harder (based on your dismissal of the single times Blacks did it).  Never saw such discussions amount to anything resembling change or justice.

        If you feel you are doing enough, then much peace to you.  That's all that matters at the end of anyone's day.

        If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less. - Gen. Eric Shinseki

        by dmitcha on Sat May 30, 2009 at 08:13:29 PM PDT

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