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>McCalla leaders call for boycott

June 9, 2010

>McCalla

In protest over Bessemer’s annexation of 350 acres in the vicinity of the Norfolk Southern Intermodal hub facility a boycott of Bessemer has been called.

McCalla organizers are urging their supporters to shop in Hoover instead of Bessemer.

The nearest Hoover stores that compare to Target and Publix and Piggly Wiggly in Bessemer (near McCalla) are the Target at the Grove and the Publix nearby.

That means shoppers would be driving an additional 9.48 miles one way to buy milk and bread, or school supplies and lawn umbrellas and Ipods, even further if they go to the Galleria area. Twenty miles round trip.

Now let’s go back a bit to when the issue of the railroad hub first came up. Concerned McCalla residents tried to use the impact of the hub on the environment to stop the project.

Yet here they are, willing to waste a gallon or more of gasoline per trip to the grocery store in order to make a point. Does this mean that they really don’t care about the environment?

I mean, what’s a gallon of gas when we’re trying to save the planet and watching the Gulf fill with petroleum?

What’s a thousand gallons of gas when 1000 people make the trip to Hoover each day?

Hey McCalla people, there’s a BP station at the same exit in Hoover where Target and Publix are located. Be sure to give them your support as well.

And at the same time, if successful, their actions could cause some of their own residents to lose their jobs at the Bessemer businesses they are boycotting.

Boycotts are almost never well thought out, and are often knee-jerk reactions when things aren’t going your way.

Glee

Last night on Glee, one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies was performed.

“To Sir With Love,” if you’ve never seen the movie, Netflix it today. Here’s Lulu, singing the song in the movie from 1967. I was 13 years old and impressionable.

The Glee version was good as well. Maybe I’ll post that clip tomorrow (it’s not available yet on Hulu).

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>Kid stuff

May 30, 2010

>When do people learn to hate gays?

I began to wonder this as I was visiting a household where young grandmother is the caretaker for a 3 year old boy. A 4 -1/2 year old kin was visiting him, and the grandmother described how they greeted each other with baby bear hugs and the older tot told me how he pushed the younger boys hair up and kissed him on the forehead.

I don’t believe any parent, except for the most cynical, would discourage two toddler boys from showing affection. We teach our babies to express love and appreciation, and encourage them to hug and kiss even strangers sometimes.

At some point, such affection becomes “yucky” for some boys. I don’t believe this is a natural change, rather they get signals or direction from their parents or older siblings.

As I watched these two boys play together, I thought about how we hear from right wing Christianists that they don’t want their children exposed to homosexual behavior, or homosexual relationships, or learning about those relationships, in elementary school or elsewhere.

I stood in church during a song on Sunday, and observed an opposite-sex couple in front of me allow their hand to touch, and take hold of each other.

I thought about taking my partner’s hand, and wondered what the reaction of the people behind us would be. There are many children in the church, of all ages, and the youngest had left for the children’s program. Any kid over 8 years of age knows about homosexuals and I doubt they would have been shocked (the church is pretty open in its support of its gay members and visitors), but they may have been surprised.

But not all kids are being raised by supportive parents. And not all school or church environments are tolerant of an adolescent’s growing realization of their sexuality. But most kids at some point deal with gay schoolmates at some point. How they respond depends on many factors. I’m sure books have been written about it.

By the time some kids reach high school, they might react like Finn did when Kurt showed him the room they were going to share when their families blended on the wildly popular Fox show, Glee. This clip (I hope it plays) is an absolutely wonderful portrayal of a situation many of us have lived through.

http://www.hulu.com/embed/etmjcsWe_moIz7ET5moJMg/1518/1745

Of course, not all kids have a father like Kurt’s dad. Some fathers would not make the effort that Kurt’s dad is in trying to accept his kid. In this episode, his defense of Kurt is probably as much a turning point for him as it was an awakening for Finn. And let’s not ignore the effect on Kurt.

Someday, society will be such that I could take my partner’s hand without hesitation, and without having to evaluate the environment we are in to determine if it is proper or not.

The fact is, it is ALWAYS proper to show affection or closeness to someone you love. I’m not talking about PDA, like kissing in public, most people don’t like that from either straight or gay couples. But holding one’s hand or putting one’s arm around their lover should not be a problem.

Should not. But there are, of course, safety issues involved, and that is a subject for another day. But here, I guess I am just wondering aloud and asking myself how a parent can teach a kid that some strangers or even some of their friends are to be hated and thought of as less than themselves. This goes for race and ethnicity, too.

I guess some people just shouldn’t be parents, and it is up to the rest of us to somehow catch the attention of their kids and allow them to learn that we are One Human Family and on that level we are all equal.

Watch the entire episode of Glee here.