Commentary by Austin B. Hahn
While I do believe that human variation such as culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and other attributes help us to identify one from another, (imagine trying to file your taxes, but there was no way to verify your identity), I do agree that when we use them to segregate ourselves, they become weapons.
By Austin B. Hahn
I live in a country where talking about sex is more taboo than saying to someone, “I hate you.”
I live in a country where people pay more attention to Beyoncé than to their own government.
I live in a country where at-will employment is the norm, but its own people complain about corporate corruption.
I live in a country whose constitution affirms that “all men are created equal,” but I can still get fired in 29 states just for being gay (Short).
I live in a country where political correctness receives praise, but doing community service is assumed to be a court-mandated punishment.
I live in a country whose elected officials can get away with lying while holding a public office, but an ordinary citizen can go to jail for lying on a resume (Kreps).
I live in a country where people are more concerned about their bullshit moralism than women’s reproductive rights being taken away.
I live in a country whose people are obsessed with demographics, but they don’t seem to care about anyone’s motivations.
I live in a country where I constantly wonder when people will actually give a shit.
How many more will have to die or suffer before we start to care?
Kreps, Lauren. “The Legal Risks of Lying on Your Resume.” Shake. Shake. 25 Jun. 2015. Web. 17 May 2016. <http://www.lrc.ky.gov/statutes/statute.aspx?id=18882>
Short, Kevin. “The 29 States Where You Can Still Be Fired For Being Gay.”Huffington Post. Huffington Post. 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 17 May 2016.
By Austin B. Hahn
I find people funny who say, “All lives matter,” because they’re usually the same people who don’t do anything to help marginalized groups such as the disabled, the elderly, the exploited, the LGBT community, the poor, racial minorities, those who face pollution, or women. I’m sorry, but since when the fuck have you ever cared about all lives?
Don’t get me wrong. It would be one thing if you said, “All lives matter,” and you had a history of helping underprivileged people, but you don’t, so you should shut the fuck up.