What the Decision on Duck Dynasty Means

When a reality Cops-styled tv show trailed a Special Response Team in Detroit three years ago into a home raid, it both helped to inspire and record a most horrific crime. Anybody who watches Cops and similar so-called reality shows understands the extra swagger that US police officers have when they are being recorded as heroes taking down would-be criminals. As if the danger of the job itself, the authority that the badge declares, and the element of carrying around highly-lethal instruments doesn’t bear enough hyper-testosterone. It’s a job that leaves little margin for error and adding glorifying cameras to the mix erases some of the margin. So the murder of a black seven year old girl in one of the runs was almost inevitable.

SWAT via Wiki

SWAT via Wiki

The way reality television is framed and produced is partly responsible for the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody familiar with the kind of behavior that reality television endorses, moving from documentary style to sensationalized, staged backstabbing ordeals. Donald Trump can make a fake run for the presidency and open up as a complete racist bigot, demanding that the nation’s first black president prove that he is US-born and pledging that he has many of “the blacks” as friends.  But yet this show – run by a man who belittles black and poor people in public as being intrinsic liars or lazy failures – is still running strong on NBC – the same network that filed Martin Bashir for suggesting one person is full of crap.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, despite the vocal anger and frustration arising from Phil Robertson’s unedited remarks about GLBTQ, Black, and non-Christian people, he and the rest of the Duck Dynasty crew are being reinstated by A&E.

This is where A&E shows where its loyalty lies. It is not with the oppressed. A&E cares little for black people’s rights or the lives of non-straight people (or women, for that matter) if they are fine with not only airing this family but now legitimizing its form of bigotry.

This isn’t about free speech. I hasten to add this isn’t about the Market Place of Ideas – nor is it about opinions. What Phil Robertson expressed are not “opinions” that are “up for debate”. Nor do we need to “dialog” with those that disagree about the basic humanity of people. What Robertson is messing with is the inherent humanity of people that are not white, not straight, not wealthy, not male, and not Christian.*

It’s intensely sad that the vileness of his comments and how they reinforce bigotry throughout the US merely got a blip in the mainstream media. Yet these same comments and Robertson’s right-to-speak-them-unopposed were defended by millions of conservative Christians and Tea Party politicians – former and current governors and presidential runners, at that – Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Mike Huckabee as well as celebs like Kid Rock (curious that he can steal from black culture and yet defend a man who calls black people “entitled” and lazy?) and all of the conservative pundits.

Despite what these trolls say, this issue isn’t about Oppression Against Christian Thought (as a Christian, I’m rather offended that my thoughts are supposed to be homophobic and racist). No, the issue is about further justifying and legitimizing brutal attacks and antagonism against LGBTQ people – like this attack and the follow-up by anti-gay residents and police in TennesseeThe issue is about Robertson’s romanticism of an era when the rights of African-Americans to vote and have economic or political say was specifically denied during a time when these very rights are once again being targeted by the Supreme Court, several states, and pro-business lobbying groups like ALEC. Even in attacking homosexuals, he reduced women to their vaginas (and the fact that they’re so much more fun than booties, I guess).**

These are not just opinions. These have implications for the same people Phil Robertson said were happy and content during Jim Crow. Whom he declares lazy and entitled now. Robertson didn’t spread opinions; he spread vicious lies that hurt real people. And White conservative Christians and A&E are okay with that.

As Cocky McSwagsalot, or @MoreAndMore, puts it:

Which means, Black ppl and LGBTQ ppl would probably be wise not to watch any shows on A&E. They’ve made their bed. We’re not their audience.

A&E has made its alliances. It’s heard all the “sides” and decided to side with those who will watch Duck Dynasty over the people hurt by the very hate-spewed platform A&E is giving the Robertson family. White conservative Christians who have been defending Phil Robertson have also shown where their loyalty lies this whole time. They’ve insisted that he is right on homosexuality and that equating homosexuality to bestiality and therefore homosexuals to beasts is biblical (though I’m pretty sure I’ve read that bearing false witness is anti-biblical and not loving of our neighbors).

When confronted with other troubling statements that Robertson has made, these conservatives declare that he may or may not be right about them, but it’s his right to say them (As if anyone is threatening to lock him up in a dungeon like we do our whistle blowers). They say such things because their rights and lives are not on the line. Here, White conservative Christians show where their heart lay – and it’s with their own white and hetero- privilege rather than with those Jesus said to side with.

——————————–

*Yes, there is much Class Warfare in Robertson and his clan. Recall his argument about health insurance not being necessary and the fact that Robertson is rich enough to pay medical expenses out of pocket if and when he needs to. He also blamed his racism on the fact that he was poor too.

**Thanks to my FBF Linda for reminding me of this horribleness… Except that I’m reminded of this horribleness.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “What the Decision on Duck Dynasty Means

  1. Hello, whoever is the author of this blog.

    I was somewhat happy to first stumble upon this blog way back to get away from the fallout of the “Chick-fil-A” incident, but that feeling has long worn off as I keep finding stories like this and witnessing the masses roll over. I have been unyielding in the support of discriminated minorities since I don’t know, but I will admit that I have never gone out of my house and actually done any advocacy out of the fear of conflict. After sitting through all of the stories of bigotry that have been reported on the news, various media websites, blogs, and taking in one too many of the sights and sounds, I decided to retreat into reading philosophy. In my readings, I started to think about a lot of things that I am probably sure many people today will find pretty blasphemous by certain standards. This is going to be a wild ride, but here is what I have been thinking about.

    Have you ever gotten to that point in your life where you start to think that maybe you and everyone else have all been spoon-fed lies? Right after Christmas which was shortly after this came out, that realization suddenly smashed into to me like a tsunami and the depression that has followed me since is almost crippling. It first started with a cold shock running up my body followed by a burning pressing feeling in my chest and stomach. For the past several nights, where it gets so much worse, I begin to convulse and shout in my bed unable to sleep with all the words and images that I foolishly allowed to inflame and compress my mind. I always react that way whenever I am unfortunate to be face to face with stories like the latest hateful lie from either famed monsters or random nobodies.

    I began to make serious objections to the ways we all handle ourselves in this society, how they came to be, and how we can possibly continue to justify them. One thing I learned is that almost everything is a manmade concept. The government, economy, society, law, religion, and the constitution and all its rights and entitlements it supposedly guarantees all came from the human mind. Like anything that came up from the human mind, they can be argued and manipulated.

    I object to the idea that our country of the United States of America is a significant entity. I have shaken off the idea that this piece of land we all share was founded to romantically represent some glorious concept of universal freedom as it was plastered everywhere in our textbooks. How do we know that the “founding fathers” were that idealistic when they declared independence from the British? What if they had something more realistic in mind like say they simply wanted to be their own entity and have the people whom they watched over to totally take care of themselves? What if they wanted the people to simply live their own individual lives free from oppressive rule as long as they didn’t negatively impact each other based on the property that they owned?

    Did they not in reality separate from the British rule simply because there was no benefit in being part of a collective that operated for an oppressive government? Did they not consider human individuality to be sacred for that was the reason they rebelled? If so, then what happened over the years? Why do we have fifty states that each have their own government that have divided this nation into forming just as oppressive collectives that make up their own rules that the government just let happen?

    We have all of these organized and privileged institutions like marriage that pit one higher collective against another lower. You have all of these unfair benefits that you received because you are a part of these government and state sponsored institutions. If all men were created equal, why have we have gone and let the very elite we fought against to take hold within ourselves?

    I object that the constitution and all of the “rights” it supposedly guarantees are of any significance. From what I have figured, rights are just another concept of the human mind and humans are what give them power, not the government, the law, or a piece of paper, which are also human concepts. Where did these rights come from, how do we know that we have them, and how are they justified? You have countless people screaming at the top of their lungs that they the right to do this or that or that they are entitled to this or that, and we let them go without question thanks to either illusion or human apathy. The one absolute I know is that people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but what about everything else?

    These other rights come in because societies form and rules and morals are made and these ideas can all be contested as I said based on certain criteria, and these all change everyone who takes them to enhance their own life and anyone like-minded.
    …………………………………………………………………….……

    …Up to this point I now realize that I suddenly blanked out and went into a radical rant about something akin to individualistic anarchism. I hope that you will not continue to see me as some Molotov throwing freedom fighter as continue with this letter. As an example to the above, we were all told that you must treat others the way you wanted to be treated or that if you have nothing nice to say then you shouldn’t say anything at all. I have nothing to object to these morals as I am trying to get to the main point of what I am trying to argue.

    Sporadically growing up in elementary school and earlier parts of high school, because I did not learn anything new during my middle school years, I was told that hating someone for who they are was the worst thing anyone could do. Those are words that I live by because I was frequently seen as a lesser for of my Asperger’s Syndrome and how I expressed myself because with it. Seeing anyone who did not conform to certain social norms treated as a lesser is what got me obsessed with anti-LGBT bullying in the first place. Back then, when someone was saying something awful based solely on physical characteristics or straight-up lies, we called it as we saw it. We did not call it “free speech” or tell the slanderer that he or she “had the right to his or her opinion,” not once.

    What on God’s green earth has been happening behind my back while I was in school? Suddenly it’s perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to let people say things like “Blacks are nothing but cap-busting pant-sagging monkeys,” “I’m tired of those border-jumping freeloading Mexicans”, or “gays and Muslims are all filthy fascist sinners who will never have a place in the Kingdom.” I had it in my head that the real purpose of the First Amendment, which I will bluntly admit never really clicked with me, was to give people the right to criticize the government and opposing political parties, none of this other stuff was ever emphasized. Well, after thinking about how people act and ideas are form, I think I may have gotten a clue. I think the problem is that our country is so obsessed with freedom that they have allowed our immortally twisted political system to infect every single aspect of human life.

    If you are curious to know about my political beliefs were before I stopped caring about them, I veered towards the left as I honestly kind of liked the cut of the socialism jib. The rich paying more to help balance things out just sounded fair to me and better background checks for people who wanted to purchase firearms felt a lot safer after the horror of the Sandy Hook massacre. There have always been school shootings, but never at an elementary school. Believe it or not, I actually feel very sorry for the person who did that, really. I don’t want to know what sort thoughts were going into the culprit’s mind when carried this out but he could not have done it purely on a whim because it is not every day that someone decides to go and do something like…that! Something caused this poor soul to undergo some monstrous transformation and if only we knew sooner, we probably could have prevented this.

    We’ve let politics run so amok that now wholly private matters about our very own personal human characteristics can be up for debate. We allow malicious insults and lies to be overtly broadcasted and roam uncontested on the internet where anyone can see them and just let them happen while the while more than dire consequences unfold. It has gone so unchecked that religions have now become organized into a quasi-physical form and we are forced to encourage these superstitions to stand undisputed on equal ground with the real mildly disputed scientific research and studies. I don’t mean the other way around because it was science that helped us understand everything and the only you have to worry about with it is basic human error. Our political system now revolves around social assimilation and the killing of humanity’s individuality in the name of its own simple concepts.

    What is worse is that it is actually welcomed when it should be a no-brainer that it has zero contribution in any matter whatsoever except entirely optional human relations. I don’t know about you, but living in a society where my very being that affects no one except the consenting party can be up for debate in the name of ideas like “free speech” is a truly living hell! It all comes down to whose “free speech” is better now! Why would I want to compromise what makes me unique and carry that burden for your personal choice or advancements? Some people have different skin colors, grew up in different countries, have relations with their same gender or legitimately think that they should be acting more feminine or vice-versa; what needs to be debated here?!

    It’s no wonder that LGBTs are three to four times as likely to kill themselves! They’re not just tired of being hated and bullied for who they are when it is never anybody’s business, but they are also tired of having themselves subjected for both the left and the right’s selfish political schemes in the name free speech! When you get to that point where millions of confused children start killing themselves because they couldn’t find professional help to understand who they are, you would think that all the bets were off. Apparently not, as even a few LGBTs themselves are happy to be pushovers to even to most baseless of accusations in the name of free speech even though that is how that is how it happens in the first place.

    Honestly, if we weren’t so obsessed with maintaining such a subjective concept, groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Westboro Baptist Church would have been dissolved decades ago.

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………

    …I am very sorry that I have allowed myself to explode into these tirades. I am using the alias Max Leslie, I am 22 years old, and I have Asperger’s Syndrome. I don’t know if it is because of my syndrome or something else, but it is impossible for me to let this slide. I want to draw and write comic books and I was planning on creating a series about three adolescent LGBT superheroes who helped bullied kids learn that what they do with their bodies is normal as long as it’s safe. There was something about caring for LGBT’s that boosted me with so much motivation and now that feeling has disappeared.

    It feels soul crushing and even traitorous for me to see the very people that I have stood by support someone’s supposed “right” to define as them as something other than who they want to be in the name of mere concepts like “free speech.” I hope you understand how passionate I am about this even though this is only typed on a computer. You would probably understand my true passion if we were talking to each other in person.

    I must make the confession that I have been exploring my own sexuality for a long time and I have only told my mother. For a long time I have been having many sexual fantasies about certain things and have even formed a few fetishes. I have never once felt like an adult because these fantasies came after taking interest in a certain animation styles, of all things, you may think, and applying them to imagine visions of mostly young men that are around their teenage years suggestively bonding while wearing certain clothes. Of course, I have never ever come out with this to anyone anywhere before.

    I definitely fit the bill for a class-A freak of nature.

    But still, this is what I would like to say to anyone who told me things like that I am going to hell, am disgusting or mentally ill, defiling the sanctity of marriage, have no purpose in life, or that I am the one who is intolerant, that I am really hoped many followed or will be following in the future. I’m probably inviting a whole flood of backlash with all of this and I would like continue by saying the following.

    ……………………………………………
    To whom it may concern,
    Contrary to popular belief, you are not entitled to your so-called opinion on how I manage my lifestyle as you insist on calling it because it’s entirely none of your business. You don’t get to have an opinion on how I define myself because you don’t know me, what I do, and what I have been through. I don’t care if you are a blind church pastor leading the blind, a fake news reporter, some bigwig CEO, a poorly assigned school teacher, senator, or even governor or some other paranoid official, another misguided student, or a washed up entertainer. You have your lives and I have mine, and as long as it is not with any of you it doesn’t affect you one single bit. The cold hard truth is that it doesn’t matter if your “opinion” is your own and different from mine but how well it stacks up in the present, and once the scales have been weighed against you, it’s time for you to shut up and sit back down.

    You have no right to tell me that I am going to hell because I don’t follow the religion or lifestyle you chose for yourself and yourself alone. I’m not obligated to respect your cruddy religious beliefs just because I refuse to conform to them and it is not bigoted for me to harshly criticize you for allowing yourself to be collected into your selectively unmitigated ‘truths’ and to become just another cultural stereotype. Believe it or not, it is entirely possible to find God without being absorbed into your organizations and you should try it sometime. Personally, I don’t care if God exists or not because I won’t be a hundred percent sure until I die; nobody will.

    I digress, though, for who are you to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body and who I share it with just because you find it unnatural, self-destructive, icky, or whatever? If you are that adamant into believing that I am going to make the sky fall one day, you do that on the privacy of your own property and away from the people who are making better progress into what makes humans and their bodies and interactions really tick. You can practice your religion, just don’t get your tights in a wad and cry “intolerance,” “bully,” or “political correctness” because not everyone believes in them. You can raise your perfect family and have nothing to do with us as long as you back off and leave others to raise theirs.

    That’s right, over my preference for people of my same gender is a human being who is just as capable of the same things you can, sometimes even better and that’s what has you so afraid, isn’t it? You’re afraid of someone finally proving you’re supposed undisputed facts wrong and being able to raise children who live almost twice as fulfilling lives as yours, thus causing your whole world to come crashing down around you. Well, I am here to tell you that it’s alright because this was never a competition over who was better at raising families and I’m no boogeyman. I have no interest whatsoever in climbing in your window and snatching your people up trying to rape them. You don’t have to hide your kids and hide your wife and hide your husband because I won’t be raping anybody out here or anywhere else.

    If you think I am forcing some political agenda, here is a newsflash: Some people have no political affiliation! I don’t care about the left or the right or their schemes for this country and its economy, market, healthcare, education, media, military, or guns you own or whatever. Heck, I don’t even care about the country itself; it’s just a piece of land to me! I just want to write comics while being able to freely explore what makes me me on the side without your propaganda and I have no interest in raising a kid. I admit that I am a hedonist as I live for material pleasures and aesthetics for I believe that life is all about finding pleasure.

    I could probably say the same for you as I am kind of ashamed that you would let yourself become so paranoid that you would politicize yourself and actively force everyone to comply with it. I am not asking to be friends because your already way out of style for my tastes. I just want you to leave me and everyone else who doesn’t want to be a part of your congregation alone. You’ve found your spot in life, now let us find ours. I am not an idea, I am a human being with desires and if you decide to act against us when by no means have ever wanted to act against you, then I will fight you until I get what I want. If you are not going to act diplomatically with me then I refuse to return it.

    And don’t think that this marginalized social group that once filled me inspiration until it suddenly copped out and dashed them into bits is off the hook, either. Something has been telling me that you people have never really put all of your heart into your struggles even after all of the suffering done to you and your youths and all of the strides you made into finding your place in life, and it has left a majorly desensitizing effect to say the least. Has it all been a sham, do you not want to be free from social discrimination so you can express yourself in your own unique way or do you want to outright assimilate your very being into the exact political collective that is oppressing you so you can do the same? Some of you have actually allowed yourselves to be bought out by these groundless assumptions that what you do is merely a choice and that you are twice as bigoted for refuting them all so everyone can keep hugging the giant double-edged, blood-soaked, , and forbiddingly unchallenged teddy bear of “free speech” that they so adore. Are some of you even satisfied with being kicked around like dirt simply because you are different from the norm?

    Feel free to call this radically anti-American if you want, but patriotism and nationalism are all overrated for me because I don’t need to worship some piece of land to make my own destiny.

    Do you pay no mind to letting corrupt corporate honchos donate to horrible and unscrupulous groups that expressly want you put in chains and shipped out of the country like your wild animals? Do you think nothing of the people who would dare call themselves teachers to kick your confused children to curb and tell them that they will never have a purpose in life unless they turn to religion? Are you that lenient to allow important school events that are held to spread awareness of bullying to be disrespectfully interrupted by the same hatred that puts dozens more of them under and to be wildly misconstrued as a celebration of your “unnatural lifestyle?” Are you happy to compromise what has naturally made you and you alone up for the sake of finding some mythical “middle ground?” Please tell me that deep down that this was never how you wanted your life to go, to throw it all away or to have it politicized it for our parties’ materialistic desires to obliterate each other for their own selfish designs for domination?

    If that is true, that you have no qualms with exchanging your own personal life goals that you probably had for your selfish political beliefs, then you go right ahead. Go ahead and let yourself and everyone else to let their very bodies to be contested over and be sucked into our political gladiator games that deep down never mattered to you… because you don’t deserve it.

    You don’t deserve to define yourself!
    You don’t deserve to be unique!
    You don’t deserve to be an individual!
    You don’t deserve to be free!

    And you don’t deserve my empathy…

    It makes me wonder now if this is the kind of world that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned when he fought for the freedom of black people. I am now starting to believe that everything MLK fought and died for was all for naught, as we see blacks and all kinds of other races who are more than happy to compromise what makes them individuals and be assimilated into political blood sport instead of just living their lives without being seen as a lesser simply for who they are. There is something heartbreaking about seeing black people become right-wing conservatives who a large number of are quite open about their racial bias. I know that a group should not define themselves by their oppression they got from another group and that is something that I will admit my guilt in. I’m not bothered at all when a black person calls a white person whatever words that they use, I’m just not.

    When I got embroiled in the murder of Trayvon Martin, I learned that racism is alive and well for more varied reasons than I thought. There are still a large number of marginalized blacks who have sadly long grown up with a culture centering on all kinds of violence and other activities of the sort. I would stand by as commentators would blame racial bias reminding everyone of their oppressed history. I even felt that it was somewhat deserved for us to be blamed for it all because our systems are very disproportionate. I agree that if we keep letting these certain people take out their pent up aggression on us, the cultural stereotypes will persist and the vicious cycle of hurt will start anew and we will never achieve our perfect peaceful society; I am not that naive.

    However, to see these same people who share the same skin color with these scattered groups say things like that it’s better to see a punk dead without understanding why he became a punk, it gives off a hint racial bias towards themselves. I sense an indication that there are black people who are happy to rat out the less fortunate of their own race in this mixing bowl that we all live in to further their own political agenda instead of actually understanding why this happens and how we can stop it. Unfortunately, I suppose that our media intends to spur resentment amongst ourselves for ratings in lieu of reporting it as it is like it always has.

    I know full well that our modus has always been to protect and not to destroy, but do you not owe it to yourself and those like you who have so far as to be left on the streets for who you are to erase these venomous falsities? And do not tell me that we should give our opponents some semblance of a chance to justify their irrational fears that are grounded in stereotypical superstition for that is the ultimate form of dishonesty and half-heartedness. They have had all the time in the world to reflect and study upon their actions and I have tried to see things from their point of view, but they bungled it and it is impossible. Why should anyone concede to someone else’s prosaic life choice just to sacrifice the individuality that we were born with; that all of humanity was born with?! There is nothing “free” about submitting to someone else’s intrusion in the name of a double-ended idea.
    When someone is attacking you for who you are for either not coinciding with their traditions and religions or being just plain nuts and trying to prevent you from living your life the way you want to, YOU DO NOT ROOT FOR THEM!!

    I don’t know if you have noticed, but there will always be those who do not have the same thick skin that you do! There will always be someone who will be hurt whenever someone tells them that they will burn in hell for following their natural instincts until they take their own life as millions have before us, so you shouldn’t be so arrogant and tell them to get over it. Wasn’t that why we were all in this together in the first place, to address the suicide epidemic because our kids were dropping like flies because they had nowhere to turn in their time of need? I guess it doesn’t matter after all that words have killed millions of confused youths in the name of religion. I suppose it wasn’t the war that certain peoples have waged on our curious children that united us, or have they already been indoctrinated, too?

    Well, I don’t know what to do now that you people have now decided to be assimilated into our politics. I stood by you because I thought that your interests in self-discovery were incredibly unique even though I understood that some of you were not. I was planning on something special as a tribute to you and your plight but I suppose that won’t be necessary anymore. I guess it wouldn’t be worth it anyway since I was already beaten to the punch by “Northstar” and other comic book characters like him. It was going to be heartwarming, funny, and slightly adrenal, but if you are now satisfied with people “disagreeing with your unnatural lifestyle” for everyone’s stupid “free speech” then all I can say is adios.

    …Man, I wonder if the Neanderthals had it easier compared to the humans of today. Yeah, they were dumb, but they only had to worry about their instincts and not any morals or social structures. If people are going to do whatever they want without taking the consequences into account, then what is the point of anything? Well, they’re gone now, and I guess there is no point in worrying about anything.

    Sincerely,
    Max Leslie,
    once a fighter, now a vagrant

  2. Please delete the entire message that came before this one. This is an updated version.

    ……………………………………………………………………….

    Hello, whoever is the author of this blog.

    I was somewhat happy to first stumble upon this blog way back to get away from the fallout of the “Chick-fil-A” incident, but that feeling has long worn off as I keep finding stories like this and witnessing the masses roll over. I have been unyielding in the support of discriminated minorities since I don’t know, but I will admit that I have never gone out of my house and actually done any advocacy out of the fear of conflict. After sitting through all of the stories of bigotry that have been reported on the news, various media websites, blogs, and taking in one too many of the sights and sounds, I decided to retreat into reading philosophy. In my readings, I started to think about a lot of things that I am probably sure many people today will find pretty blasphemous by certain standards. This is going to be a wild ride, but here is what I have been thinking about.

    Have you ever gotten to that point in your life where you start to think that maybe you and everyone else have all been spoon-fed lies? Right after Christmas which was shortly after this came out, that realization suddenly smashed into to me like a tsunami and the depression that has followed me since is almost crippling. It first started with a cold shock running up my body followed by a burning pressing feeling in my chest and stomach. For the past several nights, where it gets so much worse, I begin to convulse and shout in my bed unable to sleep with all the words and images that I foolishly allowed to inflame and compress my mind. I always react that way whenever I am unfortunate to be face to face with stories like the latest hateful lie from either famed monsters or random nobodies.

    I began to make serious objections to the ways we all handle ourselves in this society, how they came to be, and how we can possibly continue to justify them. One thing I learned is that almost everything is a manmade concept. The government, economy, society, law, religion, and the constitution and all its rights and entitlements it supposedly guarantees all came from the human mind. Like anything that came up from the human mind, they can be argued and manipulated.

    I object to the idea that our country of the United States of America is a significant entity. I have shaken off the idea that this piece of land we all share was founded to romantically represent some glorious concept of universal freedom as it was plastered everywhere in our textbooks. How do we know that the “founding fathers” were that idealistic when they declared independence from the British? What if they had something more realistic in mind like say they simply wanted to be their own entity and have the people whom they watched over to totally take care of themselves? What if they wanted the people to simply live their own individual lives free from oppressive rule as long as they didn’t negatively impact each other based on the property that they owned?

    Did they not in reality separate from the British rule simply because there was no benefit in being part of a collective that operated for an oppressive government? Did they not consider human individuality to be sacred for that was the reason they rebelled? If so, then what happened over the years? Why do we have fifty states that each have their own government that have divided this nation into forming just as oppressive collectives that make up their own rules that the government just let happen?

    We have all of these organized and privileged institutions like marriage that pit one higher collective against another lower. You have all of these unfair benefits that you received because you are a part of these government and state sponsored institutions. If all men were created equal, why have we have gone and let the very elite we fought against to take hold within ourselves?

    I object that the constitution and all of the “rights” it supposedly guarantees are of any significance. From what I have figured, rights are just another concept of the human mind and humans are what give them power, not the government, the law, or a piece of paper, which are also human concepts. Where did these rights come from, how do we know that we have them, and how are they justified? You have countless people screaming at the top of their lungs that they the right to do this or that or that they are entitled to this or that, and we let them go without question thanks to either illusion or human apathy. The one absolute I know is that people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but what about everything else?

    These other rights come in because societies form and rules and morals are made and these ideas can all be contested as I said based on certain criteria, and these all change everyone who takes them to enhance their own life and anyone like-minded.
    …………………………………………………………………….……

    …Up to this point I now realize that I suddenly blanked out and went into a radical rant about something akin to individualistic anarchism. I hope that you will not continue to see me as some Molotov throwing freedom fighter as continue with this letter. As an example to the above, we were all told that you must treat others the way you wanted to be treated or that if you have nothing nice to say then you shouldn’t say anything at all. I have nothing to object to these morals as I am trying to get to the main point of what I am trying to argue.

    Sporadically growing up in elementary school and earlier parts of high school, because I did not learn anything new during my middle school years, I was told that hating someone for who they are was the worst thing anyone could do. Those are words that I live by because I was frequently seen as a lesser for of my Asperger’s Syndrome and how I expressed myself because with it. Seeing anyone who did not conform to certain social norms treated as a lesser is what got me obsessed with anti-LGBT bullying in the first place. Back then, when someone was saying something awful based solely on physical characteristics or straight-up lies, we called it as we saw it. We did not call it “free speech” or tell the slanderer that he or she “had the right to his or her opinion,” not once.

    What on God’s green earth has been happening behind my back while I was in school? Suddenly it’s perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to let people say things like “Blacks are nothing but cap-busting pant-sagging monkeys,” “I’m tired of those border-jumping freeloading Mexicans”, or “gays and Muslims are all filthy fascist sinners who will never have a place in the Kingdom.” I had it in my head that the real purpose of the First Amendment, which I will bluntly admit never really clicked with me, was to give people the right to criticize the government and opposing political parties; none of this other stuff was ever emphasized. Well, after thinking about how people act and ideas are form, I think I may have gotten a clue. I think the problem is that our country is so obsessed with freedom that they have allowed our immortally twisted political system to infect every single aspect of human life.

    If you are curious to know about my political beliefs were before I stopped caring about them, I veered towards the left as I honestly kind of liked the cut of the socialism jib. The rich paying more to help balance things out just sounded fair to me and better background checks for people who wanted to purchase firearms felt a lot safer after the horror of the Sandy Hook massacre. There have always been school shootings, but never at an elementary school. Believe it or not, I actually feel very sorry for the person who did that, really. I don’t want to know what sort thoughts were going into the culprit’s mind when he carried this out, but he could not have done it purely on a whim because it is not every day that someone decides to go and do something like…that! Something caused this poor soul to undergo some monstrous transformation and if only we knew sooner, we probably could have prevented this.

    We’ve let politics run so amok that now wholly private matters about our very own personal human characteristics can be up for debate. We allow malicious insults and lies to be overtly broadcasted and roam uncontested on the internet where anyone can see them and just let them happen while the while more than dire consequences unfold. It has gone so unchecked that religions have now become organized into a quasi-physical form and we are forced to encourage these superstitions to stand undisputed on equal ground with the real mildly disputed scientific research and studies. I don’t mean the other way around because it was science that helped us understand everything and the only you have to worry about with it is basic human error. Our political system now revolves around social assimilation and the killing of humanity’s individuality in the name of its own simple concepts.

    What is worse is that it is actually welcomed when it should be a no-brainer that it has zero contribution in any matter whatsoever except entirely optional human relations. I don’t know about you, but living in a society where my very being that affects no one except the consenting party can be up for debate in the name of ideas like “free speech” is a truly living hell! It all comes down to whose “free speech” is better now! Why would I want to compromise what makes me unique and carry that burden for your personal choice or advancements? Some people have different skin colors, grew up in different countries, have relations with their same gender or legitimately think that they should be acting more feminine or vice-versa; what needs to be debated here?!

    It’s no wonder that LGBTs are three to four times as likely to kill themselves! They’re not just tired of being hated and bullied for who they are when it is never anybody’s business, but they are also tired of having themselves subjected for both the left and the right’s selfish political schemes in the name free speech! When you get to that point where millions of confused children start killing themselves because they couldn’t find professional help to understand who they are, you would think that all the bets were off. Apparently not, as even a few LGBTs themselves are happy to be pushovers to even to most baseless of accusations in the name of free speech even though that is how that is how it happens in the first place.

    Honestly, if we weren’t so obsessed with maintaining such a subjective concept, groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Westboro Baptist Church would have been dissolved decades ago.
    …………………………………………………………………………………

    …I am very sorry that I have allowed myself to explode into these tirades. I am using the alias Max Leslie, I am 22 years old, and I have Asperger’s Syndrome. I don’t know if it is because of my syndrome or something else, but it is impossible for me to let this slide. I want to draw and write comic books and I was planning on creating a series about three adolescent LGBT superheroes who helped bullied kids learn that what they do with their bodies is normal as long as it’s safe. There was something about caring for LGBT’s that boosted me with so much motivation and now that feeling has disappeared.

    It feels soul crushing and even traitorous for me to see the very people that I have stood by support someone’s supposed “right” to define as them as something other than who they want to be in the name of mere concepts like “free speech.” I hope you understand how passionate I am about this even though this is only typed on a computer. You would probably understand my true passion if we were talking to each other in person.

    I must make the confession that I have been exploring my own sexuality for a long time and I have only told my mother. For a long time I have been having many sexual fantasies about certain things and have even formed a few fetishes. I have never once felt like an adult because these fantasies came after taking interest in a certain animation styles, of all things, you may think, and applying them to imagine visions of mostly young men that are around their teenage years suggestively bonding while wearing certain clothes. Of course, I have never ever come out with this to anyone anywhere before.

    I definitely fit the bill for a class-A freak of nature.

    But still, this is what I would like to say to anyone who told me things like that I am going to hell, am disgusting or mentally ill, defiling the sanctity of marriage, have no purpose in life, or that I am the one who is intolerant, that I am really hoped many followed or will be following in the future. I’m probably inviting a whole flood of backlash with all of this and I would like continue by saying the following.
    ……………………………………………………………………………

    To whom it may concern,

    Contrary to popular belief, you are not entitled to your so-called opinion on how I manage my lifestyle as you insist on calling it because it’s entirely none of your business. You don’t get to have an opinion on how I define myself because you don’t know me, what I do, and what I have been through. I don’t care if you are a blind church pastor leading the blind, a fake news reporter, some bigwig CEO, a poorly assigned school teacher, senator, or even governor or some other paranoid official, another misguided student, or a washed up entertainer. You have your lives and I have mine, and as long as it is not with any of you it doesn’t affect you one single bit. The cold hard truth is that it doesn’t matter if your “opinion” is your own and different from mine but how well it stacks up in the present, and once the scales have been weighed against you, it’s time for you to shut up and sit back down.

    You have no right to tell me that I am going to hell or deny my ability to marry or adopt because I don’t follow the religion or traditions that you chose for yourself and yourself alone. I’m not obligated to respect your cruddy religious beliefs just because I refuse to conform to them and it is not bigoted for me to harshly criticize you for allowing yourself to be collected into your selectively unmitigated ‘truths’ and to become just another cultural stereotype. Believe it or not, it is entirely possible to find God without being absorbed into your organizations and you should try it sometime. Personally, I don’t care if God exists or not because I won’t be a hundred percent sure until I die; nobody will.

    Let me ask you something; how do you know that every single LGBT matches with their stereotypes and that every single child actually wants a mother and father? How can you be so sure that being in a “traditional” marriage has the best results and you do know that not everyone conforms to gender roles? I’ll say this as many times as it takes, not everyone follows the same idea of tradition that you do! Some kids are raised by people who are not married or seeing anyone, people of two completely different races, people of the same sex, and people who are of the opposite or neutral gender. This ultimately means that not just yours, but everyone’s definition of marriage is pointless because no one owns it and there are families who ignore that and get along just fine without your approval or “support,” and the sooner we all realize that the better.

    Who are you to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body and who I share it with just because you find it unnatural, self-destructive, icky, or whatever? If you are that adamant into believing that I am going to make the sky fall one day, you do that on the privacy of your own property and away from the people who are making better progress into what makes humans and their bodies and interactions really tick. You can practice your religion, just don’t get your tights in a wad and cry “intolerance,” “bully,” or “political correctness” because not everyone follows them. You can raise your perfect family and have nothing to do with us as long as you back off and leave others to raise theirs.

    That’s right, over my preference for people of my same sex is a human being who is just as capable of the same things you can, sometimes even better and that’s what has you so afraid, isn’t it? You’re afraid of someone finally proving you’re supposed undisputed facts wrong and being able to raise children who live almost twice as fulfilling lives as yours, thus causing your whole world to come crashing down around you. Well, I am here to tell you that it’s alright because this was never a competition over who was better at raising families and I’m no boogeyman. I have no interest whatsoever in climbing in your window and snatching your people up trying to rape them. You don’t have to hide your kids and hide your wife and hide your husband because I won’t be raping anybody out here or anywhere else.

    If you think I am forcing some political agenda, here is a newsflash: Some people have no political affiliation! I don’t care about the left or the right or their dirty schemes for this country and its economy, market, healthcare, education, media, military, or guns you own or whatever. Heck, I don’t even care about the country itself; it’s just a piece of land to me! I just want to write comics while being able to freely explore what makes me me on the side without your propaganda and I have no interest in raising a kid. I admit that I am a hedonist as I live for material pleasures and aesthetics for I believe that life is all about finding pleasure.

    I could probably say the same for you as I am kind of ashamed that you would let yourself become so paranoid that you would politicize yourself and actively force everyone to comply with it. I am not asking to be friends because you’re already way out of style for my tastes. I just want you to leave me and everyone else who doesn’t want to be a part of your congregation alone. You’ve found your spot in life, now let us find ours. I am not an idea, I am a human being with desires, feelings, and abilities, and if you decide to act against us when by no means have ever wanted to act against you, then I will fight you until I get what I want.

    You can reject me, but you will not oppose me.

    …And don’t think that this marginalized social group that once filled me inspiration until it suddenly copped out and dashed them into bits is off the hook, either. Something has been telling me that you people have never really put all of your heart into your struggles even after all of the suffering done to you and your youths and all of the strides you made into finding your place in life, and it has left a majorly desensitizing effect to say the least. Has it all been a sham, do you not want to be free from social discrimination so you can express yourself in your own unique way or do you want to outright assimilate your very being into the exact political collective that is oppressing you so you can do the same? Some of you have actually allowed yourselves to be bought out by these groundless assumptions that what you do is merely a choice and that you are twice as bigoted for refuting them all so everyone can keep hugging the giant double-edged, blood-soaked, , and forbiddingly unchallenged teddy bear of “free speech” that they so adore. Are some of you even satisfied with being kicked around like dirt simply because you are different from the norm?

    Feel free to call this radically anti-American if you want, but patriotism and nationalism are all overrated for me because I don’t need to worship some piece of land to make my own destiny.

    Do you pay no mind to letting corrupt corporate honchos donate to horrible and unscrupulous groups that expressly want you put in chains and shipped out of the country like your wild animals? Do you think nothing of the people who would dare call themselves teachers to kick your confused children to curb and tell them that they will never have a purpose in life unless they turn to religion? Are you that lenient to allow important school events that are held to spread awareness of bullying to be disrespectfully interrupted by the same hatred that puts dozens more of them under and to be wildly misconstrued as a celebration of your “unnatural lifestyle?” Are you happy to compromise what has naturally made you and you alone up for the sake of finding some mythical “middle ground?” Please tell me that deep down that this was never how you wanted your life to go, to throw it all away or to have it politicized it for our parties’ materialistic desires to obliterate each other for their own selfish designs for domination?

    If that is true, that you have no qualms with exchanging your own personal life goals that you probably had for your selfish political beliefs, then you go right ahead. Go ahead and let yourself and everyone else to let their very bodies to be contested over and be sucked into our political gladiator games that deep down never mattered to you… because you don’t deserve it.

    You don’t deserve to define yourself!
    You don’t deserve to be unique!
    You don’t deserve to be an individual!
    You don’t deserve to be free!

    And you don’t deserve my empathy…

    It makes me wonder now if this is the kind of world that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned when he fought for the freedom of black people. I am now starting to believe that everything MLK fought and died for was all for naught, as we see blacks and all kinds of other races who are more than happy to compromise what makes them individuals and be assimilated into political blood sport instead of just living their lives without being seen as a lesser simply for who they are. There is something heartbreaking about seeing black people become right-wing conservatives who a large number of are quite open about their racial bias. I know that a group should not define themselves by their oppression they got from another group and that is something that I will admit my guilt in. I’m not bothered at all when a black person calls a white person whatever words that they use, I’m just not.

    When I got embroiled in the murder of Trayvon Martin, I learned that racism is alive and well for more varied reasons than I thought. There are still a large number of marginalized blacks who have sadly long grown up with a culture centering on all kinds of violence and other activities of the sort. I would stand by as commentators would blame racial bias reminding everyone of their oppressed history. I even felt that it was somewhat deserved for us to be blamed for it all because our systems are very disproportionate. I agree that if we keep letting these certain people take out their pent up aggression on us, the cultural stereotypes will persist and the vicious cycle of hurt will start anew and we will never achieve our perfect peaceful society; I am not that naive.

    However, to see these same people who share the same skin color with these scattered groups say things like that it’s better to see a punk dead without understanding why he became a punk, it gives off a hint racial bias towards themselves. I sense an indication that there are black people who are happy to rat out the less fortunate of their own race in this mixing bowl that we all live in to further their own political agenda instead of actually understanding why this happens and how we can stop it. Unfortunately, I suppose that our media intends to spur resentment amongst ourselves for ratings in lieu of reporting it as it is like it always has.

    I know full well that our modus has always been to protect and not to destroy, but do you not owe it to yourself and those like you who have so far as to be left on the streets for who you are to erase these venomous falsities? And do not tell me that we should give our opponents some semblance of a chance to justify their irrational fears that are grounded in stereotypical superstition for that is the ultimate form of dishonesty and half-heartedness. They have had all the time in the world to reflect and study upon their actions and I have tried to see things from their point of view, but they bungled it and it is impossible. Why should anyone concede to someone else’s prosaic life choice just to sacrifice the individuality that we were born with, that all of humanity was born with?! There is nothing “free” about submitting to someone else’s intrusion in the name of a double-ended idea.
    When someone is attacking you for who you are for either not coinciding with their traditions and religions or being just plain nuts and or trying to prevent you from living your life the way you want to, YOU DO NOT ROOT FOR THEM!! Like I said before, if you are actually willing to surrender what that is totally subjective to your person and let it be placed on center stage instead of your capabilities as a caretaker for someone else’s absolutism or superstition because “everyone’s entitled to their opinion”, then you deserve to feel like a burden and you’ve earned your place as a robot.

    I don’t know if you have noticed, but there will always be those who do not have the same thick skin that you do! There will always be someone who will be hurt whenever someone tells them that they will burn in hell for following their natural instincts until they take their own life as millions have before us, so you shouldn’t be so arrogant and tell them to get over it. Wasn’t that why we were all in this together in the first place, to address the suicide epidemic because our kids were dropping like flies because they had nowhere to turn in their time of need? I guess it doesn’t matter after all that words have killed millions of confused youths in the name of religion. I suppose it wasn’t the war that certain peoples have waged on our curious children that united us, or have they already been indoctrinated, too?

    Well, I don’t know what to do now that you people have now decided to be assimilated into our politics. I stood by you because I thought that your interests in self-discovery were incredibly unique even though I understood that some of you were not. I was planning on something special as a tribute to you and your plight but I suppose that won’t be necessary anymore. I guess it wouldn’t be worth it anyway since I was already beaten to the punch by “Northstar” and other comic book characters like him. It was going to be heartwarming, funny, and slightly adrenal, but if you are now satisfied with people “disagreeing with your unnatural lifestyle” for everyone’s stupid “free speech” then all I can say is adios.

    I have been by your side so long that I can hardly even remember, but after sitting back for awhile and looking back on everything that has happened and reflecting on what we were fighting for in the first place, I have begun to think that everything has been a lie. I think that I have come realize a number of things about are supposed struggles. I think I have finally figured how totally pointless all of this fighting is!

    All of our debates have been completely pointless!
    It was never about opinions!
    It was never about free speech!
    And it was never about tolerance!

    Everything that has been said about marriage and parenting is totally irrelevant because it is an entirely private matter that does not affect anyone except those who take part in it! Yet, for some reason you still coddle those who you do not relate to and want to condemn and prevent you from obtaining happiness because you don’t fit into the traditions that they chose for themselves and themselves alone! It was never about supporting one lifestyle or the other because everyone chooses their own path in life, but here we are and look at the “culture war” that has resulted! You were never obligated to bend over for someone else because you don’t follow their traditions and beliefs and yet you do it anyway because “Hey, everyone’s entitled to their opinion.”

    You have your family and I have mine so ultimately you can take your “opinion” and “beliefs” and shove them because I have nothing to do with you! Your beliefs do not dictate me, you have no right to have a say in what I do, and if you do then there is going to be big trouble! This is my life, this is who I am, and you don’t get to have an opinion for it!

    BACK OFF AND GET YOUR OWN LIFE!

    …Man, I wonder if the Neanderthals had it easier compared to the humans of today. Yeah, they were dumb, but they only had to worry about their instincts and not any morals or social structures. If people are going to do whatever they want without taking the consequences into account, then what is the point of anything? Well, they’re gone now, and I guess there is no point in worrying about anything.

    Sincerely,

    Max Leslie

    once a fighter, now a vagrant

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s