Marriage ≠ Equality

Note:  This is an #OpenLetter + Essay #mashup bookending a decade of thought around Marriage ≠ Equality

This would be a great inducement to marriage, which all wise nations have either encouraged by rewards, or enforced by laws and penalties.

— Jonathan Swift from ‘A Modest Proposal’

re: Marriage Equality, My A$$

July 31st, 2003

Dear Blainey-kins:

You enforce rules, either in speech or deed that have never enforced you. I think it would behoove you to become a true nihilist; then you wouldn’t have to worry about anyone but yourself. You hate the current social order & conventions, and yet never make the leap to the ultimate skepticism. Instead you obsess about the fact that people don’t behave, or follow rules, and then ultimately it is *only* your mental state & agitation paying the price. Why punish yourself, ultimately, for the deeds of other’s, whom you have no control over?

They don’t know you exist, do not recognize your sovereignty, and ultimately only slightly feel your wrath in the most passive-aggressive way. Why agonize and repeat this vicious cycle? Sure you milk humor out of it, but as a byproduct, not as a goal/resolution. Somehow, methinks, you want to be the oppressor/violator/—–, and are mad that you aren’t. Isn’t that ultimately the game that oppression plays, to instill in you the desire to rise to power? Feeling excluded now, when the only one excluding you is yourself. The world shouldn’t make you feel put upon, when they do not even recognize you.

Your claims are baseless. Continue reading

When Will It End?

When Will It End? Trayvon Martin Hoodie Cover NY Daily News

They could have FILLED THE ENTIRETY of this page with names. Starting with: Amadou Dialo, Osuman Zongo, Sean Bell, Kimani Gray, Patrick Dorismond, Jonny Gammage, Timothy Stansbury, Kenneth Chamberlain, ….and many of the other names that do not get the national coverage that Trayvon’s received. Oh & of course: Jordan Davis. Continue reading