Defining the intersection between listening and living

“We’ve become so numb to what we’re saying”

When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, “Ben, you’ve loved girls since before Pre-K!”
Tripping, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math, like
“Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those that like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition, playing God
Ahh, nah, here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And “God loves all his children” is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five hundred years ago
I don’t know

LGBT   as defined by Webster, “is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which itself started replacing “gay” when in reference to the community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s,as many felt the term “gay community” did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred. The initialism has become mainstream as a self-designation and has been adopted by the majority of sexuality and gender identity-based community centers and media in the United States and some other English-speaking countries”.

This topic has been on my mind alot lately and I keep hearing, Same Love by  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  Following up on my thoughts about religion, identity and how people relate to each other this song really got me to thinking. There are many groups of people who have been oppressed, discriminated against, profiled and the direct object of bigotry. We as people talk about our faith, our vales and our morals and yet we strive daily to alienate a large population and deny them basic rights. I know that some do not have the same opinion as myself  however there is an intrinsic understanding that we as human beings must have regardless of our beliefs if it is not hurting you then why do you make it your problem.  The first verse of this song speaks to a young man’s perception of  the way we stereotype groups of people. Now I am not saying that stereotypes are ever going away but the reality is that regardless of what these are we should treat people as people and judge them base on their individual actions not those of the population or out of fear of not understanding. 

If I was gay I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily
We’ve become so numb to what we’re saying
Our culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots
Behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate
Yet our genre still ignores it
“Gay” is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk-outs and sit-ins
Human rights for everybody, there is no difference
Live on! And be yourself!
When I was in church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service, those words aren’t anointed
And that Holy Water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same but that’s not important
No freedom til we’re equal
Damn right I support it

We press play, don’t press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes, we turn our back on the cause
‘Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
Kids are walking around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful
Some would rather die
Than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law’s gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear, underneath, it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up!

Verses two and three hold special significance, as they speak to why we fail to how Mackelmore see the world as not allowing each of us to make choices and denying freedoms based on bias. I think about the major wins recently seen in the media and across the nation. I have to say, that the LGBTQ community is treated as second-rate being an individual that has experience bias, I find myself empathizing with this community. Fair is fair, I do not fear progress but embrace it. I hope that one day these individual will be treated no different from any other human being.

Take a listen to this song again and really think about the way you treat others , there has to be at least a minimum level of respect and acceptance.

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm

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