On this day, July 4, 1881 – In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.

View of three members of the Housewives League of Detroit standing in front of a statue of Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. There are two men in the picture. Printed on back: “Adler & Adler, Photos 4245 Russell, Detroit, Mich.” Handwritten on back: “1. Mr. Boone, 2. Wm E., 3., 4., 5. Nannie Black."  Date:1930-1939

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

If anyone tries to tell you that white people in America have no culture, tell them it’s Yankees they’re thinking of

So my friend lives in Birmingham, Alabama and he’s driving up state to Florence. Some rednecks with a confederate flag flying out of their truck noticed the equality sticker on his car. And they got up beside him while driving and pulled a gun on him.
He’s ok. He got away from them on the road and called 911. But people need to be aware there’s a heightened risk right now and extra caution is needed.
Please be safe! Especially if you’re going to any pride events. And especially if you’re in the south.

Alabama is letting judges opt out of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples
At first today, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore said a state supreme court order effectively kept probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days. Moore, however, later backtracked.

The Supreme Court has ruled that marriage equality must be legal nationwide, but that doesn’t stop Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore from being a homophobic jerk. 

Referring to a state supreme court order, Moore announced that judges don’t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days (from yesterday). In protest of the SCOTUS decision, some counties in Alabama have stopped issuing marriage licenses entirely, to anyone. 

One attorney, however, quickly disagreed with the interpretation of the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling. He also noted that a federal judge in a Mobile case had already ordered all probate judges in the state to issue the licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled it was legal.

“The Alabama Supreme Court did not direct probate judges to delay compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision,” said Shannon Minter of National Center for Lesbian Rights. “This order has no practical effect. U.S. District Court Judge (Ginny) Granade already ordered Alabama’s probate judges to stop enforcing the marriage ban as soon as the Supreme Court rule, and that is binding immediately.”

Alabama. Come on. Why you gotta be like that. 

I'm offended that everyone is offended by something

This is not mine but it comes from an Army officer who graduated from The University of Alabama. I thought it was a good read so I figured I’d share.

“I’m offended that because I’m a white male, people automatically classify me as privileged, regardless of knowing where I’ve come from or what I’ve been through. I’m offended that our First Amendment has turned into freedom of speech [just as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings]. I’m offended that people assume I’m racist because I believe in economic development by way of Capitalism and a free-market economy.

I’m offended that people who are too afraid to ask for food stamps, disability, or unemployment (because they don’t want a handout) are probably the ones who could use it most, yet the majority of recipients who do in fact receive handouts abuse their “privilege” and continue to make frivolous purchases.

I’m offended that people care more about taking down an outdated Confederate flag but don’t get riled up when their American flag is being burned in the street. I’m offended that people care more about blocking homosexuals from getting married than fixing their own, broken and unstable, heterosexual marriages. I’m offended that fast food workers get paid more than my soldiers yet still expect to get paid more than nurses.

I’m offended by people who claim how offended they are, while they do nothing but gripe about it on their phones or laptops, when they could be writing or calling their respective representatives to actually get something accomplished. I’m offended by the lack of initiative, hard work, and tenacity in this country. I’m offended by complainers who pity themselves and just want to take as much as they can. I’m offended by those who have in fact “made it” yet are too rude to give back to the communities in which they’ve come from.

I’m offended by people who vote for a person based on the party they represent, the race or gender, age or a religion of a candidate… instead of how the candidate proposes to address each issue, respectivly. I’m offended by people who aren’t open-minded and think they’re always right, no matter what. I’m offended by people who don’t listen and read and legitimately try to understand unfamiliar concepts before brushing them off. I’m offended of what our country has become.

I don’t claim to know solutions to these issues… eventually maybe we will. I just pray that we can one day change our country for the better. And hope that our offenses can turn into progress.”