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In Obama’s Minority Super Friends, who gets to be the Wonder Twins?

Am I excited about a potentially gay female Supreme Court judge? Sure, I’m just as excited as I was about a black President…or a Latina Supreme Court judge. Seriously, this is turning into the best “walk into a bar” joke ever. (Not really.)

A Black President walks into a bar with a Latina Supreme Court Judge and a lesbian Supreme Court nominee. They turn to the HD TV in the bar, where the news is on. Wouldn’t you know, black culture is in shambles, Hispanics are in arms over potential racial profiling in Arizona and gays are still the butt of every joke.

Not much of a punch line but hey, in the words of Peter Griffin, I don’t see any of you trying. And that’s what really grinds my gears, folks.

Back to my point, though there really isn’t much of one. I’m not really ready to throw my confetti for Obama’s Minority Super Friends that he’s building here. I’m starting to feel like he’s collecting taboo, “open-minded”, progressive people to fill positions like rare Pokemon or adopted Black and Asian babies.

Black people voted for Obama because they were ready for him to do all that “change” and make the world a great place to be African American…or just American. And then it never happened (Not that I expected it to. I’m referring to my more blind and misguided people). Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court judge and people waited. And nothing happened. Now Kagan has been nominated for Supreme Court judge. And she may be gay. We’re not sure yet. Should we expect legal universal gay marriage in time for Pride? Probably not.

Martin Luther King dreamed of a day when we would no longer be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character. I want to take that dream a little farther.

I dream of a day when we will no longer be judged. Period. A day when people aren’t judged for the color of their skin, or their gender, or their sexual orientation. A day when those things aren’t used as political agenda, or rallying points. When they’re just a part of who we are, not to be put down or built up any more than any other part of who we are.

When we can do that, these politicians and public figures will no longer be superheroes to us. They’ll no longer be freedom fighter Batmen (and -women), fighting through the Gotham of intolerance and injustice to save the day for this community or this group. They’ll just be people. People who were elected to do a job and serve their country.

Sorry if this doesn’t make sense. Just working on some thoughts over here…



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