The official homepage for writer and comedian H. Alan Scott.

How I Feel Right Now

I went to sleep on election night elated that this country elected such a dynamic figure to the Presidency, and woke up the next morning slapped in the face with the harsh reality that many still view me as a second class citizen.

Many of those who hold that viewpoint were once also persecuted for whom they are and/or what they believed.  The largest factions of people who supported “Yes on 8″ were…
- People of color, whose history of discrimination in the United States is well documented.
- Christians, many Mormons, who were killed in the early days of their religion just for believing.

So soon they forget the past.

The passing of Prop 8 is so much bigger then the state of California, it’s a national issue.  The ripple effects of this decision are enormous.  In the years to come, when another state attempt to ban gay marriage, the quote on all the mail sent to voters will be, “Even liberal California voted against gay marriage!”  Adoption rights are next.  The list goes on.

At first I was lost, didn’t know what to do next.  But it is clear now that the most important thing I can do is to continue the conversation.  I implore you, especially if you’re straight, next time you’re having a casual conversation with somebody, say “Did you hear what happened in California?”  Make it personal, because stripping American citizens of fundamental rights IS personal.

I love my mom and step-dad.  They instilled in me the belief that I do have the right to grow up to be an active participant in society.  That hard work leads to a good job.  That kindness and respect toward others leads to friendships and relationships.  Then comes love, and if you want, having children and teaching them the very things that I was taught.  Those are my rights, and the state cannot give it and then take it away.

Please, sign this petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/seg5130/petition.html

I am proud of my country for electing Barack Obama, but I am so distraught that many Americans don’t see that an incredible injustice happened on Tuesday, November 4th.  Barack Obama said, “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America.”  Not quite, but it will, we can do it if we all do our part.  Talk to your friends, family, co-workers!

Thank you, I hope you’re well, and if you’re in NYC, I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!

xoxo – Scott

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/opinion/06thu1.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

Reply