+ where to go from here:
Black love is so beautiful, so essential, so powerful, that when you witness it you scream inside of yourself, nearly imploding with happiness.
Child’s play imitates reality. Pretend play is how children learn to interact and engage in a world that’s still new and mysterious. Children see what we do and mimic what they find interesting. This is not only play, it’s learning.
What do we communicate to our suns when we teach them that boys don’t play with dolls? What do we teach our suns about how they should interact in their world? What do we tell them about their ‘role’ when we fill their play boxes with balls, trucks and fighting action figures? How do we teach them to be fathers when we begin by teaching them that boys are ‘sissies’ if they play with dolls?
We need to reteach ourselves about gender roles.
We need to reevaluate the characteristics that we assign to masculinity and embrace more compassion, more empathy, more love …
If I meet one more homophobic bigot in this gay city of Atlanta …
I’m not quite sure what anyone gets out of stressing over who anyone else is sleeping with. It seems like an unjustifiable waste of energy to even speak on what’s going on between two, grown, consenting adults. Your religious convictions are yours to bare at your leisure - in the company of those willing to listen. However, this outright intolerance and hate is far too ugly even for your religion.
To all of my American Flag-toting patriots who think it’s disgraceful for others to disapprove of the way our government handles business - please understand that this country is far from perfect, and it is quite possible that activists & revolutionaries are more patriotic than you’ll ever be.
So keep your ‘Leave the country if you dislike it,’ commentary to your damn self. Stop being complacent and join the movement if you have any love for this nation.
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. - James Baldwin