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"That’s why attending is the best thing we could possibly do. By showing up and poking fun at the host country, we prove that there is only one correct side to this argument, and those of us on the right side of history are going to spend the next two weeks making anti-gay Russia look like a whiny kid who is afraid of cooties. It started when President Obama, who attended the London Olympics two years ago along with the first lady, announced that he wouldn’t be going to Sochi. And just in case that wasn’t an obvious enough snub, the American delegation he handpicked to go in his place was made up of two openly gay athletes (Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow) and figure skater Brian Boitano. But within days of being appointed, Boitano announced that he too was gay. Despite keeping his private life private for 50 years, he came out to the world just so there was no doubt that the entire U.S. Olympic delegation was gay, and it was absolutely done on purpose. It’s hard to imagine how someone could give a larger middle finger to homophobia. It’s also hard to imagine Russia having the balls to arrest the American delegation, meaning they can show up and say pretty much whatever they want to about gay rights. Then the Germans premiered their Olympic athlete outfits. Since these uniforms are always terrible, no one was expecting much. What they weren’t expecting, though, was a gay pride flag. Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images Despite not including a purple strip, Twitter and most news organizations immediately jumped on the look as another snub to anti-gay Russia. The designer denied that it was meant to be a symbol of support for the gay community, but it’s important to note that he had to say that; admitting it outright would make it a political symbol, which is specifically not allowed in the Olympics. And regardless of what the original intention was, everyone now sees the uniforms as supporting gay rights. And it doesn’t stop there. Officials are already encouraging people to sneak pro-gay banners into stadiums, a Russian athlete who won’t even be competing in the Olympics had to apologize for freaking out about a competitor’s rainbow nail polish, and countries are openly donating money to Russian gay rights campaigners. Had we stayed at home, all we could do is get angry while Russia won a lot of medals. By attending, we can make the games a fuck-you to discrimination."
This effectively changed my mind.
- 1 month ago
"Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story."
- 1 month ago
In the photo above, taken during Freedom Summer, my mother is sitting in a chair, next to the young lady in the white headband. She was 13, 14 years old that summer. This was taken ten days before she and her sister weren’t allowed to get library cards because they were Black. The photo is from when Pete Seeger came through Hattiesburg and played at the Palmers Crossing Community Center.
Pete Seeger has always quietly felt like a handful of water that was poured into my mother’s dried hands, which she carried around with her through life. Just a little bit of water but water from she got from a good man. When we were kids she would pour some of that water into mine and my sister’s outstretched hands, playing his records after dinner, teaching them to us at breakfast. And not just her. In the morning before classes, the whole school would sing his words. All these years that water has traveled with me, quietly inside. That water spilling today makes my heart bend. For him and the goodness he spread, for me and my sister sharing his songs on long car rides of our childhood, for my mother thirsty in the south with a strengthening heart so many years back, for all the folks he touched by seeking out the good in people and using music to fight for it. Fare thee well Pete Seeger. I’m sure that similar to what you once sung, it’s not the leaving that’s grieving you, but all the ones who love you left behind.
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What up, Lazy Magnolia/SoPro/Crooked Letter/Lucky Town.Source:
- 2 months ago