There's a lot there, and I only stumbled across it yesterday, but maybe you've seen this before. What do you think?
Ergh. The appropriation of the Black civil rights movement in this video bothers me. Similarly, the implication in the screenshot (and elsewhere in the text of the video) that Barack Obama's election means that racism is over. It's not.
The mainstream LGBT civil rights movement (i.e., the white-dominated segment of the movement) has been trying to use this same strategy for years -- comparing the LGBT civil rights movement to the Black civil rights movement -- and it's created wedges between the two groups. All too often, we've implied in these comparisons that racism is over, or that our problems have been "just like" theirs. Additionally, such messages have had a way of reinforcing the stereotypes that gays are white and Blacks are straight, stereotypes that make things really difficult for Black queers. And, yo, if the LGBT movement is making life more difficult for some queers, then we're doing it wrong.
It disturbs me to see atheists repeating the same mistakes the LGBT rights movement has made. There are Black atheists; the discriminations against atheists and Blacks have had very different histories and consequences; racism is not over.
I would much rather that we be arguing atheist civil rights on its own merits.
District policy clearly states student's hair needs to be kept out of the eyes. No hair can cover any part of the ear, a standard collar and no tufts or tails are allowed. The superintendent says exceptions are made for religion, but Adriel's parents have yet to provide proof of their beliefs.
"I was trying to find out what recognized religion they are that discusses they cannot cut their hair and the information I received then was basically it's their choice," said Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes.