The thing about saying we believe in equal rights is that there can't be any qualifiers. That's the nature of equality. For it to truly exist, we can't bend on the premise. I hate to be fundamentalist about anything, but I don't see equal rights as something we can compromise on.
There can't be exceptions, fine print, or motor mouthed radio disclaimers in the last 2 seconds of the ad. There can't be caveats, exemptions, addenda, waivers, extenuating circumstances, but's, or garbled explanations.
In a country with so much lofty rhetoric about equality for all, it's especially important that we not mince words.
As I dive into Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams after hearing her speak a few weekends ago at Camp GLP, I'm reminded just how much work we have to do when it comes to living out our ideals.
There's no reason for recalcitrance, but we do have a long road ahead.
One thing we can't do, is abide the shuffling of feet, defensive rationalizations, or inaction.
As Americans existing in the present, we all need to be part of this conversation... especially when it becomes uncomfortable.