Children are taught today that racism is a thing of the past. A disease which we have overcome and destroyed. Something that was rampant throughout much of history, and with the courageous leaders during the Civil Rights Movement, it was ended. However, shown in several polls is the opinion that racism is still very much a problem in the United States. In a CNN article, a poll showed that “Most Americans see lingering racism”. In a New York Times Blog, The Caucus, a poll showed that Americans today believe racism is a bigger problem than sexism.
I have been getting tired of listening to people who preach about liberty and freedom and then turn around and advocate a ban on gay marriage and denying LBGT individuals equal rights so i made this video:
Despite the mostly positive response I received from members of Lock Haven City Council the last time I presented the idea of enacting a non-discrimination ordinance as well as policy changes for city employees to protect members of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender community with the same protections afforded to others based on religion, race, and gender; Monday night, at the regular public meeting, the Mayor told me in no uncertain terms that they did not wish to move forward on the matter. I was told that I was welcome to go to the state and lobby them for the changes if I desired.
I was watching Invictus starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela last night and with all the attention on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 it got me thinking of how we reacted to a singular event compared to a people repressed and abused for decades under Apartheid who could find the strength to act in peace and forgiveness rather than violence and aggression.