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Legal Gay Scouts

Boys Scouts of America is still officially anti-gay organization. Some of the adult scoutmasters were even dismissed from BSA for being gay. In 2000 homosexuality among scouts was banned by the government. President of BSA Robert Gates finally recognized that the decision of 2000 was “on the wrong side of history”. Boy Scout’s values are not controversial to homosexuality. The ban will be canceled and any person regardless of sexual prefers would have a chance to be a scoutmaster. I hope that perverts will not take advantage of this action.

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I can’t help but to think if our history matters. With all the news happening of young black men being killed by white men, and frankly getting away with it. I keep asking myself if we are doing anything to stop it before it gets too far. As a black female I refuse to let anybody slide by saying racist comments towards my people. I take it personal when anyone thinks its okay to “joke” about slavery. For this I am stereotyped as being the loud opinionated black female. I don’t mind having this stereotype if it means that I’m attempting to protect my people. I feel we are lacking the support of each other when it comes to speaking up for our community. By letting the small side comments slide, it allows people to push the envelope from what they can say, to what they can do! Let’s end it before we go from words to action. I don’t want to see a life die anymore due to race issues.

Today I witnessed a young female post a picture of some colleagues that I recognized from the university that I attend. With the picture she went on to quote them as being dogs. Her friend then replied to the young man as being slaves not dogs. Of course I was upset of the comment that was made but I tried to be civil. I asked her if her and her friends on twitter thought this was funny. One of them replied saying yes it was funny. I figured since we all in America have the ability to have education that her and her friends would know better than to make racist remarks. Sadly I was wrong. The worst part was seeing young black people giving them the opportunity to continue saying stuff like this. I remember particularly seeing a young black man give them the laughing Emoji, to meet this symbolizes weakness. It says that they have a young black male approval that the comments they made was acceptable.

The female who is making these comments decided it was much more appropriate to tell my friend that she’s allowed to call her slave instead of simply apologizing for the racist comments she made on social media. I am asking you my readers to stand up and voice your opinion. We have been through a lot in the past, this is nothing compared to what our parents and grandparents had to deal with. So I simply cannot sit here and let side remarks pass like this. If Black History matters to you as a black individual or as an individual of any other race please do not be silent when you see comments being made like this. I have faith in our generation, we can definitely make a change.

Black History Does Matter!

-Christina Melaku

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Recently a member of Perth Cafe Racers posted a comment along the lines of…

“Might have found a decent ‘65 BSA, would love to customise it into a cafe racer”

One of the first comments was “please don’t cut it up”

I replied, “Yeh, please don’t customise it into something as unique and beautiful as these four pics”

What would you do, customise or restore?

We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.
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Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, has essentially said that the organization’s ban on LGBT adult leaders is not going to last:

According to his prepared remarks, Gates said that “events during the past year have confronted us with urgent challenges I did not foresee and which we cannot ignore.” Gates also said some local councils already are “in open defiance of the policy” — specifically referencing the actions of the Greater New York Council, on which BuzzFeed News previously reported — and “the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country” surrounding gay rights.

Gates did go on to detail the potential legal problems the organization could face if it does not act, noting the possibility that a court could order a change to the policy, “We must all understand that this probably will happen sooner rather than later.”

This could mean big changes on the way. More details via BuzzFeed