Friday Five – June 26, 2015

Friday Five1. Confederate Flag

Let’s get two very important facts straight:

  • When it comes to government buildings, it does not matter that you consider the Confederate flag a symbol of your ancestors. What matters is that Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy stated, “The foundations of our new government are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition.” Racism, the foundation of the Confederacy.
  • It does not matter that you consider it an exercise in your freedom of speech to be able to wave it and represent the racism and treason of the Southern states during the Civil War. What matters is that, besides the south, the entire rest of the world sees it as a symbol of hate and our government buildings, that govern ALL people, should not proudly display such a symbol.

The comparison is overdone, but it bears repeating: The Nazi symbol once stood for something else as well. Now, almost universally, it is known as a symbol of hate. As is the Confederate flag, except for some southern states that need to get on the train because these flags are coming down.

2. Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler say “REALLY?!”

“Women’s sports in general not worth watching?” Really. Normally I would have a lot to say about that, but Seth and Amy handled it.

3. Gas Station Karaoke

You have to go to YouTube to see it, but it’s worth it.

4. Seth and Josh Meyers Go Day Drinking

I laughed so hard at this. Absolutely worth the watch. May I one day be treated as wonderfully by my future children. Cheers, Mrs. Meyers!

5. SCOTUS Rules Same-Sex Marriage is Legal in all 50 States

Today I watched hundreds of people spontaneously sing the national anthem on the steps of the Supreme Court as they celebrated the court’s decision. I am very proud to be living in a cultural revolution that places an emphasis on equality. I could write a thousand words on this but I’ll stick with these: Love is love. Equal justice. Equal dignity. For all.

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Three funny videos sandwiched between two HUGE American issues. Sounds like a typical Friday Five to me!

So after the landmark day we’ve had…who is ready for another one when the states remove the Confederate flag from government buildings?

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