All Are Created Equal, except…

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Pushing my buttons!
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All of the fun plans and hubbub about the Inauguration make me proud and sad all at the same time. Two issues have royally irked my nerves. As many of you know, I don’t write posts right after something happens, I try to pull my rational brain in to try and understand not only what’s happening, but what isn’t happening, and why or why not, while calming the non-rational brain.

Irk number one – People seemed to care more about Beyonce lip-syncing the National Anthem than they do about the issues and plans laid out by the POTUS, the diversity of the individuals invited to the inauguration, and other, oh say, important aspects of this society. My goal here isn’t to explain in a long-winded way anything for or against Beyonce’s performance. My goal is to ask you and to inevitably have you ask yourself honestly, “Why does it matter if a freekin pop star lip-syncs to a previously recorded track of said pop-star actually singing?” Why do we care about such a trivial matter at such an auspicious occasion for our country? Is it because some do not believe that Beyonce has earned the right to be on that stage at an inauguration or because some do not want to exert brain power to consider the historical impacts underway, or issues facing the country at this time? Or are some trying to see the light side of it all and avoid the heavy icky political and financial crap storm that we are faced with?

Really, get over the lip-syncing thing already. You’ve paid hundreds of dollars in concert tickets to have the performer lip-sync the entire show and you left happy. Besides, I had to get over Rick Warren on the inaugural stage in 2008. Don’t know who he is? Google him. And while you’re at it, google how “poppy” and sexy some of the past inaugural performers have been at times in their lives. Why let a red-herring or media sound bite about a pop star distract from the occasion? This inauguration saw the swearing in of a bi-racial president of the United States, that happened to fall on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. If you don’t see the importance of these events, stop reading this post now and go buy books on Dr. King’s life. Then when you’re finished, come back to finish reading this article and let’s have a vibrant discussion.

The second irking of said frayed nerves came when I started reading tweets and articles about the POTUS mentioning Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall. In case you’ve been out of the loop in this election, I’ll fill you in on a little nasty (not so) secret. People aren’t unhappy that Selma and Seneca Falls were mentioned. They are upset about the Stonewall reference. Why? I’m assuming it’s because the Inauguration is the biggest political stage upon which a historical event with significant GLBTQ** association has been uttered. Gasp! The President of the United States wants equal rights for all humans, even those gays. How about that! Well about damn time. I imagine that if someone were writing this as recently as in the 50’s and 60’s, etc. that someone would have written, “X wants equal rights for all humans, even those darned negroes!”

Oh, and to those who think that this “gay thing” is still just a fad, I dare say that all of the “jokes” about “Gay being the new Black” may have some merit. Irking point 2.1 is about some of the minorities, many of whom are black, not accepting of the GLBTQ** community as deserving of the same rights as everyone else, including marriage, and some of whom downright detest any mention of equal rights or civil rights being applied to those who identify as such. I’ve seen and heard comments about how this isn’t a civil rights issue and that skin color is not something anyone chooses, thereby inferring that sexuality is something that someone chooses. Regardless of your nature v. nurture opinions or assumption, I’ll ask you to put that aside for a minute and ask yourself, “How dare I oppress a group when I, at some point in my life, may have known oppression?” And to those who have known relatives and ancestors who were oppressed, judged on skin color, mannerisms, speech, appearance, etc. why do you feel it necessary to segregate and oppress others? In case you think I’m being unfair and targeting minorities, I feel that as one, I am not only allowed to, it is my right.

Look, I’m no saint. I have had my share of learning to do and my issues to sort through and more to address as I continue to grow. All I’m asking is that you pay attention to what’s important in life and not let the media, your bigoted uncle, preacher, or whomever dispels hate or division among groups, form your opinions and force feed them to you as indecipherable lumps of nonsense in a nice thickly coated gravy.

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Comments
  1. sokpattah says:

    This is so relevant. Thanks for the “Irks” and the thoughts!

  2. Pam Reaves says:

    Powerful blog as usual. You’re always on point.

  3. i find myself running into similar frustrations. i wish that our POTUS 2nd term inauguration wasn’t overshadowed with trite discussion about Beyonce and that people wouldn’t zoom in on a reference to Stonewall as if it’s negative or edgy. nice post!

    • Exactly! If someone disagrees with the President’s plans, approach, etc., it’s fine with me and I would welcome a discussion. But this nitpicky nonsense about things that don’t matter annoy me. Thanks for reading and the feedback!!

  4. Raymond Wingo (Newjeru Onetruth) says:

    Natasha, you never fail to inspire or further fuel the fire of a passion for “REAL” and relevant material to be brought to the forefront. I myself was confused as to why people were so overtly concerned about whether or not Beyoncé had previously recorded her performance, rather than wanting to discuss what the POTUS’s Inaugural Address meant or as you duly stated took time to understand the uniquely Grand significance of him giving that Address as the first man of African decent to hold the office on the day that we celebrate one of the most profound and most intricate wheel/tool for the African American civil rights cause. The fact that he taking understanding of that leader’s message, was making a call to the people to once and for all submit ourselves to the true justice of living up to the creeds so vibrantly expressed in our nation’s Declaration. Or why we’re not more concerned with (as the President referred to) the long way that we still have to go to achieving true equality. We need but reference the Trayvon Martin case, Casey Anthony, or Troy Davis to shed light or bring attention to how far we have yet to come. And in the words of Dr. King, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I enjoyed reading your post as always. Thank you for what you do.

    • Newjeru, You’re one of the people who share truth in an inspired and insightful way and I thank you for the positive feedback! Remember the “Worth your salt” poem? Yeah, still inspires me to write thoughts to share here and to speak up when it’s appropriate. Thank you for stopping over to read and the reminder that, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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