Getting Some Things Off My Chest

by Jake McPherson

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Positive thinking does not change systemic, structural barriers that have existed for hundreds of years and longer to keep certain groups in a lower socio-economic status or otherwise disadvantaged.

Simply thinking better of myself is beneficial for me as an individual, but it does not change the stigma placed against me as a gay man, and it doesn’t stop the homophobic attacks that kill and maim my gay friends and cause me to have fear.

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When I am abused by individuals or larger groups or the system, the abusers do not get the right to tell me what I experienced. My voice can sing alone or join in chorus with others and denounce the hate I experience.

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You do not get to claim to be a victim when you are rightly caught abusing other people. You do not have an inalienable right to commit abuse or spread hate.

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Public employees do not get to choose how they enforce the laws based on how they perceive the people they are presently addressing. We are all equal before the law.

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My civil rights trump your religion.

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The world is a very complicated place. We should all beware of anyone telling us they understand it and can fix it.

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Fear is poison. It’s also an instinctual drive.

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Critical thinking skills should be nurtured.

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I am not perfect. I love myself.

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Much of what is wrong with the world can be traced to a need to control.

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The world is a mess. The world is exquisite.

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I have a feeling that life is so intricately complex that we can’t fathom it as a whole.

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There is much in the world that may cause despair. I think we’re improving on the whole.

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