That’s Not How Religious Freedom Works

Following the Kim Davis saga is frankly tiring. If you are unaware of this moronic waste of the media’s time, Kim Davis is the county clerk in Kentucky that stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether to avoid issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

Citing her religious beliefs as her reasoning, she stopped issuing licenses once the Supreme Court deemed same-sex marriage legal, disobeyed the direct court order to start back issuing licenses, forbade others in her office from doing so, unsuccessfully pursued loophole after loophole, and was eventually jailed for contempt of court.

It’s amazing how resilient the ignorant can be. That’s Not How Religious Freedom Works

What A Difference Humanity Makes

It’s easy to write the less-fortunate off as lazy or problematic. It takes courage and compassion to treat them as an equal, do what you can to help, and see what they do with it.

Kudos to the Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, NY. In an age where felons are deemed unemployable, their practice of providing jobs to anyone who signs up, regardless of their criminal or social background, is simply incredible.

It’s amazing to see the transformation that can take place simply by giving people an opportunity. What A Difference Humanity Makes

Trevor Noah on Colonization

A few months before taking over as host of The Daily Show, comedian Trevor Noah appeared on The John Bishop Show in the UK and the topic of his set was colonization.

It takes real skill to be able to bring humor (and knowledge) to such a sensitive subject, especially in the very country that benefited most from it. While a lot of people are upset that Trevor was chosen as John Stewart’s successor, I actually look forward to seeing where he takes the show… especially if he brings it like he does in this clip.

The Problematic Concept of “Black On Black Crime”

Someone needs to come get Clarence Thomas’ sister.

A woman went on a video rant last week about her issues with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. After her video went viral, she then took her misguided thoughts on a bit of a media tour. While she has the right to her anger, her thought process is severely flawed; when a message has speckles of truth surrounded by poison, it’s still counterproductive. The Problematic Concept of “Black On Black Crime”

You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Color

Social justice activist Shaun King spent the greater part of this week being vilified by conservative media and their minions based on haphazard evidence that suggested he is a white man pretending to be African-American. However, anyone with common sense could read the context clues of his writings and see that (1) his biological father is black, (2) the circumstances are complicated, (3) he didn’t want to talk it out of respect for his mother, and (4) it is none of our business. Of course, these outlets were relentless, pulling out “family members” and birth certificates to support their attacks.

Eventually King was pushed into posting this piece explaining his lineage, why he didn’t want to talk about it, and the true motivations behind the “investigation” against him. A part of me wanted him to remain silent, throwing the middle finger to their desperate attempts to disqualify his life’s work. However, another part of me is glad he eloquently dismantled each one of their thinly-veiled arguments. You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Color

The First Moment He Experienced Racism Could Have Been His Last

Alex Landau was raised to believe that the content of his character was more important than his skin color. Raised by white adoptive parents, Alex’s world was shattered when he was brutally beaten to the point of unconsciousness by several Denver police officers.

It was at this moment that he realized that it didn’t matter who his parents were or how pristine his background was: he was “just another black face in the streets”. The First Moment He Experienced Racism Could Have Been His Last

The Misconceptions of Privilege

One of the most misunderstood topics on planet earth is the concept of privilege. People who don’t fall into the 1% seem to glance over the various privileges that we are afforded based on factors such as gender, sexual orientation, level of education, and of course, race.

Some refuse to admit their existence based on our personal circumstances, but that doesn’t disqualify their validity. The Misconceptions of Privilege