By Yako and Krystal

July 2, 2015, 8:58 am

 

With the supreme court ruling and all, I wanted to share in the celebration and attended Gay Pride this year for the first time in many years.

To see so many people of all walks of life being sympathetic to gay rights and expressiveness is very encouraging and empowering and I feel proud to be part of that.

But that was last weekend. I feel immensely upset at the moment, because of how retarded this country is.

Seven churches burned down (or is it eight by now, I lost count). What the fuck is wrong with these people. I cannot wrap my head around it and don’t understand how someone can do that to someone else. Is there no respect or dignity left?

A CVS gets burned down during the Baltimore uprising and it’s in the news for weeks. All these churches get burned down and you only hear it sporadically in the news. Apparently the news caters to a particular segment of the population and it further skews general opinion, worsening a bad situation as it is.

To top it off, Donald Trump is running for US president. I say no more (silver lining: the US of A is not that retarded to let him win).

It’s not limited to the United States. Gays get thrown off of building by Isis, while mocking Love Wins.

I feel so powerless and don’t know how to stop this. But this has to stop.

Yako


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Yako: Born on a farm in The Netherlands, Europe, I was always on quest for adventure. As a small boy, I was already interested in learning about other cultures and pretended I was fluent in American (I later learned that Americans speak English). At the age of 23, I traveled to South Africa where I lived for seven months to finalize my thesis for my master's in Business Administration. After that, I worked for eight years for a bank in Amsterdam, but I became restless and decided to quit my job and make the big leap across the ocean to New York. Studying arts and culture management at Pratt Institute helped me eradicate some of the prejudices I had of Americans. I never thought I would stay this long. But now eight years later, I'm still here. I live in Central Brooklyn and work for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation with great satisfaction. So far, my life feels as if I’m on one big adventure. | Krystal: As a native of Michigan, I moved to New York with a limited perspective of the depth and importance of social differences. Having a passion for creativity, I accepted the various ideas behind expression and equality that poured out from this beautiful, diverse place called Brooklyn. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2006 with a degree in Communications Design and barely surviving the effects of forced independence, I started an open relationship with the nonprofit world and began to willingly become my own person. Since then, I have been employed and freelance as a graphic designer, with tons of exposure to the things that fascinated me as a child. Living in two culturally different environments has granted me a faceted understanding of social norms and injustices that I feel compelled to speak on. Though visual art and design have been my concentrations since grade school, writing and sharing thoughts socially has been my core calling. In keeping my promise to my parents, I have finally decided to write for social impact. Standing up for my truth while seeking and discovering the truths of others is the way in which I've chosen to take that on. So far, I've discovered that the most direct route to societal improvements begins with the coupling of self-awareness and humility.

Yako: Born on a farm in The Netherlands, Europe, I was always on quest for adventure. As a small boy, I was already interested in learning about other cultures and pretended I was fluent in American (I later learned that Americans speak English). At the age of 23, I traveled to South Africa where I lived for seven months to finalize my thesis for my master's in Business Administration. After that, I worked for eight years for a bank in Amsterdam, but I became restless and decided to quit my job and make the big leap across the ocean to New York. Studying arts and culture management at Pratt Institute helped me eradicate some of the prejudices I had of Americans. I never thought I would stay this long. But now eight years later, I'm still here. I live in Central Brooklyn and work for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation with great satisfaction. So far, my life feels as if I’m on one big adventure. | Krystal: As a native of Michigan, I moved to New York with a limited perspective of the depth and importance of social differences. Having a passion for creativity, I accepted the various ideas behind expression and equality that poured out from this beautiful, diverse place called Brooklyn. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2006 with a degree in Communications Design and barely surviving the effects of forced independence, I started an open relationship with the nonprofit world and began to willingly become my own person. Since then, I have been employed and freelance as a graphic designer, with tons of exposure to the things that fascinated me as a child. Living in two culturally different environments has granted me a faceted understanding of social norms and injustices that I feel compelled to speak on. Though visual art and design have been my concentrations since grade school, writing and sharing thoughts socially has been my core calling. In keeping my promise to my parents, I have finally decided to write for social impact. Standing up for my truth while seeking and discovering the truths of others is the way in which I've chosen to take that on. So far, I've discovered that the most direct route to societal improvements begins with the coupling of self-awareness and humility.

One Response

  1. Su

    I agree with you, of course, about the lack of love in the world and I hadn’t actually heard about ISIS throwing those gay men to their deaths. I almost threw up when I Googled the reports about it. As a lesbian, I found myself praying (though I’m not religious) after the SCOTUS decision, praying that there wouldn’t be a rash of violent acts against gays and lesbians in the following days.
    And I agree about the general silence about the churches being burned, but (at least) there have been a few reports about it in the New York Times, like this one: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/01/us/ap-us-church-fire.html.
    Of course there should have been more, and they should have been front page news. I heard a story recently on WNYC that talked about the lack of awareness even about the past–that everyone knows about the bombing of the one church in Birmingham that killed the 4 little girls, but a woman who lived there back then said that during that summer/era, they called their city Bombingham–there were something like 80 bombings in the city (in the black community) in just one summer.
    As for Donald Trump….may his hair act like wings and blow him up, up, and away….

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