*** this was inspired by the activism of Jasmyne Cannick. Thanx girl for this link to send a letter to all those involved in the Beenie Man/Buju Banton drama. Everyone should drop a line to these people. Here's mine ... ***
To People of Good Conscience ...
Hopefully not, but this is the message that you are sending by allowing artists who spew hateful rhetoric to appear on your stages ... that it’s okay. Well, its not okay. The people who sing these songs are threatening my extended gay and lesbian family. And young minds absorb such talk like a sponge, and violence against our gay and lesbian youth increases, to the point where some even opt for suicide to end the torment. Overall intolerance also increases: gays today, who tomorrow? How many people were harmed on this day alone--September 26th, 2006--because of intolerance of religious or sexual difference? How many little sissy-boys and butch-girls have to die before we realize that if there’s a hell below, we’re all gonna go?
The horrific murder of Matthew Shepard once galvanized the world’s attention … but how quickly we forget … how quickly we become complacent to this vile element of hetero-humanity which attempts to stifle and suffocate any and all difference. Tell me, people of good conscience, how many more innocent children—sons, daughters, sisters and lovers—have to die because of the happenstance of their birth?
I have faith, and it is as strong as any faith ... that when all is said and done and that last trumpet blown … the only thing that will matter is whether we’ve done the right thing or not. When Saint Peter looks down into his book, will you be seen as a homophobe who--however silently--advocated murder … or one who stood against the tide for what’s fair and right?
People of good conscience stand up and do their part for what’s right. Don’t they? Or do they just sit back, and impassively watch the slaughter? We should take a second to think about that … as we ponder our own complicity in these events. ~~