The past couple of weeks has been really emotional for many people in this nation. The senseless killings in a South Carolina church, followed by the removal of some Confederate symbols of hate and the discussion about them. Then the ruling by the Supreme Court making gay marriage legal and the ensuing celebrations and discussions. I was taken back to September 11 after the church murders. I remembered how we came together as a nation to show solidarity and pride. We all hung out American flags, we stood in line to give blood, we showed our love and support for complete strangers who lost family and friends and we showed the enemy that we were united. As the confederate flags started coming down in the Southern states I was hoping that this would happen again, that we'd come together as a nation and show defiance to the hate. Sadly, that has not happened. Some people believe that these symbols of a lost war and slavery are so important that they need to remain in place no matter how much it hurts the African-American community.
Then came the ruling from the SCOTUS. Love wins, everyone can now get married. Facebook turned into a rainbow, people danced in the streets. Straight people, even complete strangers congratulated me and have shown support in so many ways. Yet it's not hard to find the people that are against the ruling. It doesn't effect them in any way, yet they are ready to fight it. They are willing to spend our tax dollars fighting gay marriage because they hate it more than they hate other things that they can spend tax dollars on like fighting poverty or something more meaningful to everyone.
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All my life I have heard America called “the land of the free and the home of the brave” but I have never truly felt it. This country has a long history of enslavement, discrimination and hate for no reason. We stole this country from the indigenous people by murdering, raping, enslaving, death marches, lies, and starvation. We stated that “all men are created equal” while we owned people who we kidnaped from other countries and we refused to allow women many rights like voting.
We have made great and important changes to bring freedom to more Americans but we really will never be free while some people are enslaved by their own hate. In holding fast to that hate they insult every person who has fought for freedom and love.
I'm sure I've pissed off someone with my feelings. I may even be called unAmerican by people that don't realize that I do love my country. It's like loving your home but realizing that it needs repairs. You don't pretend it doesn't need those repairs, you fix things because you love your home. My home still needs some fixing. Maybe this is one small step towards that happening. What will you do to help make this world a better place.
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