OneWhiteDuck.com is a semi-personal blog devoted to opinionated rantings over current events, politics and pop culture as they relate to our modern-day society.
Last night, the Hawaii House approved the freedom to marry, moving the bill to the Senate and bringing us one step closer to marriage! Click “like” and share to celebrate, and don’t miss this look at how HI kick-started the movement 20 years ago: http://freedomtomarry.org/HI20Years
As if Hawaii was not awesome enough………
Modern-day slavery takes on many names. But no matter what it is called, we know this injustice can and will end!
Thankfully, Halloween is almost over. And so are the puns.
In the meantime, a guide to spotting a fake horror story.
"People don’t get raped because they have been drinking, because they are passed out or because they are drunk. People get raped because there is a perpetrator there — someone who wants to take advantage of them"
The demolition of the Sandy Hook Elementary School begins today; the site at which last winter 26 community members - 20 children and 6 staffers - were murdered by Adam Lanza in a still-mysterious violent rage. According to MSNBC, residents have accepted a $50 million state grant to develop a new school on the site which is scheduled to open by the tragedy’s third anniversary in December 2016.
Almost a year has gone by since that day when families and friendships were torn forever; violently and mindlessly ripped apart by an armored gunman’s stream of bullets. Children, teachers and faculty - vulnerable and without escape - were left unprotected due to our society’s inability to care for its own people.
In the event’s aftermath - as progressive leaders echoed concerned citizens’ calls for action - Republican lawmakers, at the behest of the gun lobby, effectively shot down the vast majority of hopeful gun-control legislation; arguing that any measures toward sensible, responsible gun sales and ownership would not prevent gun violence but merely stifle our largely misread and purposely misinterpreted Second Amendment rights. In fact, their retort is to simply allow easier access to advanced weaponry to virtually anyone, anywhere. Unchecked, unbalanced, and de-regulated.
But since the Newtown massacre - which was less than eleven months ago - there have been over 10,000 gun deaths in this country. Throughout 2013 thus far, there have been 15 mass shootings. All in less than one year; hardly a cry for “more guns” as a solution.
If those numbers do not scare you, consider this: in only the first half of 2013, the number of gun deaths in America alone outnumbered those suffered by U.S. troops in the nine-year Iraq war.
“An average of 32 people (including 8 children and teens under the age of 20) are killed from guns every day, according to the Brady Campaign,” writes Clare Kim for MSNBC. “And on average, the pro-gun control group has found that U.S. firearm homicide rate is 20 times higher than the combined rates of 22 countries that are comparable in wealth and population.”
And nearly one year later, we are still debating what to do. How to act. What to say to the victims’ families as they approach such a blackened, dreadful anniversary amidst a society that refuses to learn from its own mistakes or admit its grave shortcomings. We unfortunately live in a country where they - the directly affected - have been sneered at, ridiculed and mocked for the wantonness for their children’s deaths to mean something; to be a catalyst for change in a country so afraid of it.
I wonder sometimes what the outcry would have been if - in the months (and years) after 9/11 - Congress had instead acted to defund anti-terrorism; if the same people screaming over Constitutional Rights of gun owners had NOT cast a blind eye over the Patriot Act; if we did NOT have actual Congressional lawmakers calling for the “right” to detain without due process any person resembling a Muslim, if we did NOT have the highest office in the land actually defend torture.
If the same willfulness to act was redirected toward actually protecting people against not a foreign threat but that inflicted upon us by the somehow emboldened, status quo gun culture, how much further would we be to sleeping soundly at night, knowing that our children’s chances of surviving the following school day were that much greater?
Possibly the most brilliant and effective public advocacy campaign, ever.
BREAKING in New Jersey: Gov. Christie has withdrawn his appeal of the marriage ruling, and the freedom to marry is now permanently the law of the land! Click “like” and share this image to celebrate! http://bit.ly/1azxOpQ
"If a patriot can stand in front of the White House brandishing the Confederate flag, then the word “patriot” has no meaning. The Nazi flag is offensive because it is a marker of centuries of bigotry elevated to industrialized murder. But the Confederate flag does not merely carry the stain of slavery, of “useful killing,” but the stain of attempting to end the Union itself. You cannot possibly wave that flag and honestly claim any sincere understanding of your country. It is not possible."