Monday, January 17, 2011

On my turntable: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (OST)

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
I watched this film today for the first time.  Let's just say I now fully understand why it is considered a classic.  In 1967, the year in which "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" was released, it was still illegal in 17 states for interracial couples to marry. Sound familiar?  While watching this film I couldn't help but notice what I thought were glaring parallels between the attitudes about African Americans in 1967 and the hatred and bigotry held today towards GLBT Americans.

As of this writing there are constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage in most U.S. states,  the result of allowing "the people" to vote on the civic rights of a minority. This is morally and ethically wrong, as well as being unconstitutional. Despite all this, I am feeling more confident that time is on the side of equality. It might be a long time, but it will happen. Until it does happen, however, we must all continue to stand up for ourselves and what we know is right.  We are and will continue to make change happen.

A special thank you to Dr. Martin Luther King, whose powerful voice and unwavering sense of purpose continue to have an impact on the lives of those who are willing to listen.

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