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Who Is What?

James Baldwin is one of my favorite all time authors. His works embodied what it was like to be a struggling black person in America and every now and again his works embodied the soul and struggle of homosexual men. He often portrayed the harder side of life and people learned and gained perspective from his plays, poems, essays, and novels. There’s a side of Mr. Baldwin that people over look from time to time. They over look the fact that Mr. Baldwin was a great orator and said some amazingly brilliant things. In my opinion James Baldwin is one the greatest American authors to have graced this soil.

One of the greatest things Baldwin said was in the introduction to his KQED documentary, Take This Hammer. The documentary itself focuses on James Baldwin as he travels around San Francisco in 1963 discussing with a few members of the black community in San Francisco the struggle of a black person in that era. In the introduction though he discusses how people project their opinion of themselves on others. He states in more or less words that the nasty names we call people are the names in which we feel we are.

This was only a theory at the time James Baldwin made this assessment. However, since 1963 studies have shown that people actually do do this. Studies claim that people who are the most homophobic or racist have an attraction to the same sex, for homophobic, or other races, for racist. People don’t really understand why we project our negative feelings about ourselves on each other but they have determined it is a coping mechanism we use to make us feel good about ourselves.

There’s another funny thing about this realization, we see it everyday and we don’t even realize it. If you watch, listen, or follow politics any other way you would know that a lot of politicians and pundits  are constantly calling each other names. With these studies in mind you have to think to yourself if these people are really giving an opinion of somebody or the opinion of themselves. We hear often Rush Limbaugh calling somebody an awful or criticizing some one harshly. So when we hear him speak is he speaking of himself or the actually person he’s criticizing.

On a serious side of this study many American kids are being bullied. Whether they are being bullied for their faith, sexual orientation, or just because of their appearance. Now this may not be directly related but another study showed that people often project negative emotions on others who have traits they wish they had. So when a kid in school is bullied and called a nerd his bullies probably wish they had the intelligence and wits of the person being bullied. However, when bullying goes on in schools it can either go to far or a bullied kid may not know how to handle the situation well and it may lead to very negative incidents that can be avoided.

As adults and well educated ones at that we need to come together and put the pettiness behind us. We need to stop building walls between us and start tearing walls down. If we put things past us the children may be able to get out of this economic turmoil we’re in now.


It’s Time

If you can watch this video and not want these two to be allowed to get married then there’s something wrong with you.

This video portrays perfectly what it’s like to be in a relationship with some one you care about. It’s not until the end of the video though that you find out the couple is gay. This video is so moving and if  you find yourself still saying homosexuality is unnatural and a sin then, I don’t know what to tell you. I watched this video and I thought “Wow, this makes me support same sex marriage even more.” I find love to be one of Gods greatest gifts to man and I believe God created every man and woman the exact way God wanted them to be. Yea the bible says homosexuality is a sin but the bible was written and translated by many men therefor the bible is bound to have some mistakes in it. And a lot of theologians and linguists and even some preachers believe the bible in its’ original Greek form didn’t actually condemn homosexuality.I am inclined to agree with the people that support same sex marriage because when I see people preaching against homosexuality I hear hate in their sermons. Then when I see people supporting homosexuality and same sex marriage I see and hear love. Now there’s always the people that aren’t their companions but I am not for not allowing two consenting and loving adults to get married. So, It’s time let’s all come together and support same sex marriage.

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