"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together"
Ok, first read this article:
I thrive on stories of redemption, and perseverance and of course overcoming obstacles. But, I got worked up reading this article. So, of course I wrote about it. I wrote to the columnist and to the editor of the Detroit Free Press. Here's what I had to say:
As a Jewish American I am no stranger to the experience of prejudice and persecution. My parents always made me feel proud of my heritage and filled me with the will to triumph over adversity. Instilled in me is the drive to fight for the rights of any underdog, anyone who struggles; to help those who cannot help themselves; to fight to be sure no one suffers persecution or second class citizenship in our world.
I was first struck by the photo of an NAACP Detroit branch member holding a sign that read "don't support second class citizenship" on the cover of February 12th's Local section. I agree so strongly with Mr. Ben Jealous who said he wanted to "be sure that Americans knew that civil rights were human rights." I spoke similar words recently while hosting an event for the Jewish Gay network.
In 2009 there are still Americans who are being denied civil rights in our country and I fear people are not aware that this, too is a human rights issue. Gay americans are fighting for equal rights and being denied. In California's recent election, polls showed that 7 in 10 African Americans voted against allowing homosexuals the right to marry. Until we are all treated as equals, America is still supporting second class citizenship. To that, I say shame on us.
"Liberty and Justice for ALL"