Democracy.Religion.LGBTermites

Posted on March 18, 2011

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Why don’t americans fight back?:

Other observers of subjugated societies have recognized this phenomenon. Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educator and author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed, understood this reality, and so did Bob Marley, who is sort of the poet laureate of oppressed people of the world. Many Americans are embarrassed to accept that we, too, after years of domestic corporatocracy subjugation, have developed what Marley calls “mental slavery.”But unless we acknowledge that reality, we won’t begin to heal from what I call “battered people’s syndrome” and “corporatocracy abuse.”

brilliant. i do have a problem with the “battered people’s syndrome” .. if i’m understanding the reference correctly it speaks to “battered women’s syndrom” which as a theory in the Domestic Violence field has been proven to be incredibly problematic.  It’s derived from the theory of “learned helplessness” (which is referenced later in the article) which was “proven” when dogs who were shocked at random stopped trying to end the shocks and laid in their own fecal matter (oversimplification).  This was seen as giving up by scientists. Later it was shown that laying in their own poop lessened the effects of the shocks.. therefore, the dogs were still doing what was in their power to survive. It shows resiliency, not helplessness. This is spot on though:

As Ralph Waldo Emerson pointed out, “The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.” Increasingly, much of our culture and major institutions are only about making money and controlling the population, not about creating critically thinking people who reject authoritarianism.

definitely need to get that book.

and this shit is just crazy… a man STONED another man to death, citing the old testament. Now, there’s a lot more to this story than just that, and it gets all weird (like why the perp is the sole executor of the victim’s will)… but besides all of that, I wonder what conversations this can bring to light about our hypocrisy of how we demonize other religions, not to mention the picking and choosing we do with our own religions. How will churches respond to this? I wonder if he’ll go for the insanity plea.

And here’s a petition to demand the resignation of the Texas Democratic Party Chair who had this to say:

“They are all connected to the gay Democratic Party, the so-called Stonewall Democrats. Just like termites they managed to get some of their people in key positions,” Ramos said of local LGBT political activists. “I liken them to the Tea Party — the Tea Party and the fucking Nazi Party — because they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed, and Anglo, and I don’t give a fuck who knows that. Just like the blacks … they’re American, but you can’t get your way just because you’re black.”

So interesting how when marginalized people demand equality it’s considered getting something extra or “pulling the race/gender/sexuality card”… no it’s called having a right to equal treatment under the law and the desire to be acknowledges as full and decent human beings and american citizens.  How can he say “stonewall democrats” as a bad thing? I guess he would prefer if gays were still arrested just for being themselves. Yes, LGB (I cannot even put “T” because to my knowledge there are no trans people in elected offices) do need to get elected, to get into key political positions, because shouldn’t a government reflect the people who live in this country? I hate to break it to this guy, but there are tons of queer people in the world.  I also REALLY want to know about this “sinister plot” the gays have in the works, where can I read the manifesto? I’m an activist, shouldn’t I be informed on our treacherous plot?   Also, dude’s obviously never been to the bay, our pride parade is quite a rainbow of people (not to deny or belittle the inherent white-supremacist, classist, and cissexist problems within the movement at all, because they do exist)

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