24 June 2005

If you haven’t heard about Rhonda-gate, then you haven’t been reading the news in Tampa Bay over the last 2 weeks.

On several occasions she has mentioned “black history month is different” because of slavery.

I believe, however …and correct me if i’m wrong here… black history month has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with slavery… Black history month is about honoring the contribution of a minority to the continued betterment of the whole and slavery is just the first act in that story..In the same way, Pride, honors the contribution of a minority of citizens to the betterment of the whole. It seems Mrs. Storms doesn’t think Earnest Hemingway and Truman Capote have contributed to the american experience.

Slavery is the first act of the black story in america, but she made it sound like it was some sort of payback… white people locked black people up and considered them animals… therefore they get a “history month”…. intellectual rubbish and somewhat insulting.

Her action was a knee-jerk reaction to being presented with the idea that gays and lesbians are part of the mainstream of society. She doesn’t like that fact and doesn’t want hillsborough county to recognize it…. and here’s the kicker… I think she really believes what she’s doing is right.

It pains my heart when well-meaning people put their efforts into COMPLETELY pointless exercises that they truly believe advance their cause. It cheapens them and to quote a better writer than myself:

Apparently it never quite dawned on anyone at the library that when you have something called Gay and Lesbian Pride Month designed to advance greater understanding and tolerance of homosexuals, it sorta defeats the whole purpose of the exercise by treating a benign library display on the subject as if it represented a recruitment campaign for the Boy George Fan Club.

by Daniel Ruth

<sigh>… will christians ever come to the point when they’re secure enough in their christianity to allow people to serve God from their own conscience? I guess that’s too much to hope for.

In the name of love…
one more in the name of love

by U2