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demmiblue

(37,243 posts)
Mon Mar 23, 2015, 08:55 AM Mar 2015

... Kerry Washington's Breathtaking Speech On LGBT Equality: 'Our Definition Of Humanity Is At Stake

Source: Crooks and Liars

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"I think some stuff needs to be said," Washington noted with loud approval from the crowd. "There are those of us that to varying degrees do not [have equal rights]. We don't have equal access to education, to health care. And some other basic liberties, like marriage, a fair voting process, fair hiring practices."

"Now, you would think that those that are kept from our full rights of citizenship would band together," she continued. "But history tells us that, no, often we don't. Women, poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans people, intersex people. We have been pitted against each other and made to feel like there are limited seats at the table for those of us who fall into the category of 'other.'"

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"So when black people today tell me that they don't believe in gay marriage... the first thing that I say is 'Please don't let anybody try to get you to vote against your own best interest by feeding you messages of hate.' Then I say 'you know people used to say stuff like that about you and your love.'"

"We can't say we believe in each other's fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each other's existence and the truth of each other's hearts," Washington pointed out. "As long as anyone anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable."


Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/03/watch-kerry-washingtons-breathtaking

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... Kerry Washington's Breathtaking Speech On LGBT Equality: 'Our Definition Of Humanity Is At Stake (Original Post) demmiblue Mar 2015 OP
Brilliant judo move on the "Marriage definers" Viva_Daddy Mar 2015 #1
Her speech was incredible! Behind the Aegis Mar 2015 #2
Powerful. Brilliant. one_voice Mar 2015 #3
This is simple truth, plainly and clearly spoken. Reality. Bravo! Zorra Mar 2015 #4
Just the latest reason to admire Kerry Washington....I am an early and ardent fan of her Bluenorthwest Mar 2015 #5
Kick (with video) demmiblue Mar 2015 #6
^Boycott Indiana^ Zorra Mar 2015 #7

Viva_Daddy

(785 posts)
1. Brilliant judo move on the "Marriage definers"
Mon Mar 23, 2015, 09:47 AM
Mar 2015

How do you define "humanity"?

How do you define "human being"?

How do you define "EQUAL Rights"?

Zorra

(27,670 posts)
4. This is simple truth, plainly and clearly spoken. Reality. Bravo!
Mon Mar 23, 2015, 01:02 PM
Mar 2015
"There are people in this world who have full rights and citizenship — in our communities, our countries — around the world. And then there are those of us who to varying degrees do not. We don't have equal access to education and healthcare, and some other basic liberties like marriage, a fair voting process, fair hiring practices. Now you would think that those kept from our full rights of citizenship would band together and fight the good fight. But history tells us that no, often we don't. Women, poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, gay men, bisexuals, trans people, intersex people. We have been pitted against each other and made to feel there are limited seats at the table for those of us who fall into the category of 'other.'"
 

Bluenorthwest

(45,319 posts)
5. Just the latest reason to admire Kerry Washington....I am an early and ardent fan of her
Mon Mar 23, 2015, 01:10 PM
Mar 2015

work as an actor. She's most excellent.
"As long as anyone anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable."

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