If you know me then you also know that I am a proponent of equality. I am also unfiltered. We live in a country that often talks the talk but often fails to walk the walk. If you who are of the "America love it or leave it" mindset you may not like what I have to say. Fine! If you are of that paradigm, it's probably to you that I'm talking.
America is a family. In every family there are disagreements, divisions, and a fair share of blame to go around. Freedom and family coexist only when there is freedom to criticize a family member or a group decision as openly as you can praise them when you are in agreement or are proud of them.
Last week, we as a nation, stepped up to the plate when it came to the right of any two people to "marry". To my mind, it's a miracle when a pair of disparate people find each other, love each other, support each other, disagree with each other, and care for each other. Who they are, what their genders are (or their gender identity) is of no importance. NONE!
I have been supportive of the LGBT community and the right of any couple to love and marry for the bulk of my life. Did I mention that I believe that freedom and equality is for everyone?
Q. Within the last few days I was asked, online, whether the rainbow flag should now be the flag of equality?
I've thought heavily about it and here's my answer...
A. The rainbow flag was designed as a visual symbol of the fight for LGBT equality. Now that any couple has equal rights to marry I don't have to wave the rainbow flag quite as hard. Instead I can wave the stars and stripes. It's not that the Rainbow flag no longer has significance. I just believe that my fellow countrymen have become so "politically correct" that, in effect, we are dividing (not including) ourselves. Old glory, the U.S. flag was originally envisioned as the visual rallying point for a nation of equality.
Langston Hughes, one of America's greatest poets, eloquently wrote of the dream of America that has yet to be for many. We still have a long way to go.
"O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free." (Langston Hughes)
A battle has just been won. Take my hand, and that of another, and we'll continue the fight until equality is reality. We may all have a bit to learn along the way.
All my love...
Bill "the barefoot jeweler" Green.