Sam Harris: Proposition 8 and The Aftermath of Injustice.





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Published on Nov 6, 2008

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Thoughts during election night...

They keep telling us that since it's a matter of human rights and there are still 2-3 million votes not counted - we should wait. Meanwhile, the YES people are dancing in the streets - rejoicing their PREJUDICE!!!

Yet even if we manage to squeak out a last minute victory (which seems at this point a tenuous hope at best) I know that in "liberal" Los Angeles county where I live, the vote was split 50% - 50%. As I write this it seems that there were only 20,806 more votes for Prop 8 than against.

So as I walk around today, one out of every two people I see DO NOT want me to have equal rights. They see me as inferior, because I'm gay. And that is so hurtful, and it makes me unbelievably mad. It makes me want to scream at them. Makes me want to try to hurt every one of the over 5,160,000 California voters for Prop 8 in a way that makes them understand how they've made me feel. How much they failed in their attempt to belittle, to marginalize, to shame me and my love.

But my challenge - my true challenge of character - is that the OTHER one of those two people DO want me to have equal rights. They DO value me as a human being, and they DO believe that our country really does stand for "Liberty and Justice For ALL" and that "All" includes Gay Americans like me. I want to hug them. All 4,760,000 plus of them.

And as I walk around, I have no idea who is who.

So I have a choice. Succumb to the tidal wave of bitterness that threatens to overwhelm me? See the glass as half empty, see everyone as a potential Nazi Gay-hating jerk?

Or see the good? Believe the glass is half-full? Take heart at the progress Gay Americans have made in such a relatively short time, compared to the slow progress of public opinion in "approving" interracial marriage?

It is confusing and emotional. And it has totally ruined my Obama day. Since this vlog was recorded, the numbers that supported that the black community voted 70% for Prop 8 have proven to be a major exaggeration. The numbers were about 58%. Still too far to the right (wrong) but in keeping with other primarily religious communities. The ironic juxtaposition of judgment in the name of God is always perplexing. Why would anyone not want all people to be free and equal? Why would anyone not want Cooper to be equal?

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