Monday, March 16, 2015

Equality

(I wrote this post over a year ago and never published it. I read through it again and decided to push post. I still feel the same way and I'm happy to see at least some advances that we have made as a society to push and fight for acceptance and care towards all)

I was listening to the radio when the song Same Love by Mackelmore came on. 

I have loved this song since it came out 3 years ago, but today for some reason it kind of hit me hard. I think it's incredible that we can use music in ways to stand up for our rights and preach about oppression that is otherwise ignored. We can make a connection to every generation, especially those rooted in our music and through this culture to stand up, and to listen to problems that are important. 

I heard this song probably 100 time before, but today while I was listening, I had tears running down my face and really thought to myself that I need to make a stand so that everyone knows my opinion, and hopefully so I can soften some hate.

I support gay marriage.

I support the LGBT community, not (only) because I have loved ones who calls themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. But because I believe that every person has the right to be who they choose to be; whether that is a police officer, teacher, student, doctor, mother, father, or lover. I believe that people have the right to be given respect from everyone. And I believe in loving all, no matter what. 

Our society is FILLED with oppression, inequality and hate. Race. Gender. Sex. Economics. These are all matters of our concern. Maybe I will delve deeper into each at a later time. But my hope is that we can see how we perpetuate each of these, and what we can do to make a difference.

Religion has taught me to love my neighbor as myself. Not to love my neighbor contingent on their prequalification for being deserving of my love. No not all religion denies or misrepresents same sex attraction, but I think it's important to not use religion as a platform to allow for discrimination.


Mackelmore Lyrics
"Same Love"
(with Ryan Lewis)
(feat. Mary Lambert)

When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay,
'Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight.
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She's like "Ben you've loved girls since before pre-k, trippin'."
Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn't she?
Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.
I remember doing the math like, "Yeah, I'm good at little league."
A preconceived idea of what it all meant
For those that liked the same sex
Had the characteristics
The right wing conservatives think it's a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God
, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don't know
And "God loves all his children" is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don't know

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
"Man, that's gay" gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we're saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don't have acceptance for 'em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser

It's the same hate that's caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference!

Live on and be yourself
When I was at church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed
That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that's not important
No freedom 'til we're equal, damn right I support it

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

We press play, don't press pause
Progress, march on
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
'Til the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids are walking 'round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all
But it's a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it's all the same love
About time that we raised up... sex

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is patient
Love is kind
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
Love is kind

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Lifesaver

The other night Jake and I woke up (incredibly annoyed) to Cooper's relentless barking at 4 in the morning. It wasn't for several minutes that we realized our C02 detector was going off and neither Jake or I heard it in our sleep.

Cooper with his dog instincts, stayed outside of our bedroom door barking until we came to investigate. We got it all sorted out, and we are safe. But I feel safer than ever knowing that this little man is there for us.