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My Black Friends: OLD NAWY Josh Clark Something has been weighing pretty heavily on me the past few days. I have had a few small discussions on the issue, but haven't gotten too far into it. I wanted to share this, not for attention, but because I thought it needed to be done It's no big secret to my friends that I love to hunt, fish, camp and do pretty much anything outdoors. I have always considered myself to be a country boy stuck in the city. One of the ways that I used to show pride for my lifestyle was wearing t-shirts with the Confederatel Rebel flag on them. In high school, I even had a bumper sticker on my truck that read "Keep It Flying". I had grown up seeing the flag regularly, and although I had seen it used in negative ways on occasion, I chose to accept the "Heritage not Hate" and "Pride not Prejudice" interpretation of the flag. If you had asked me back then, I would've told you that it was a symbol of southern pride and had nothing to do with racism I was raised pretty close to downtown Nashville and grew up with kids of all races with all kinds of backgrounds. I played baseball, basketball and football on teams where sometimes whites were minorities. I am very thankful for this. As I continue to grow and learn, I realize that we tend to fear things just because we don't understand them Because of where and how I was raised, background. I was able to realize that we are all the same underneath. I have had white friends, black friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends, Latino friends, Christian friends, Muslim friends, Atheist friends, etc. Thankfully, I have never had a racist bone in my body I never feared people of other color or It wasn't until well into my college years when I began to start thinking for myself. I no longer let the people I was raised by tell me how to view every issue and tried my best to be more open-minded. I believe that one of the most important things for us to do as humans is to try putting ourselves in others' shoes before we make any kind of judgement. Although I never meant anything racist by sporting the Confederate flag, I couldn't help but think of what some of my black friends thought about it. I really can't think of a time that I was confronted about it. Did it not offend them? Were they too nice or afraid to confront me about it? The more I researched about the history of the flag, the worse I felt. What I had been told about its history was wrong. Thousands of southerners still fly the flag with no racist intent. They still defend the good things they've been told about the flag. They, like I once was, are WRONG. The flag is a symbol of a way of life that was wrong. Not that it needs to be stated, but slavery is one of the most evil and cruel things this world has ever seen. The Confederate flag represents this evil. Where is the pride in that? The Confederate flag is also a sign of division. How can you truly be a patriot of this country and fly this flag? Do we really need to fly a flag to show that we are southern, or that we like to hunt and fish, especially when it's offensive to so many? It is not a kind thing, a good thing, or the right thing to do To those against removing the flag, I do not think you are a bad person. I know what it once meant to me. I do, however, challenge you to do your research. Step outside of what your family taught you and be open-minded. Even if you believe in a different history lesson, is flying a flag worth the pain it causes others? Please try to view these issues from the other side of the argument. To those I may have offended in the past, who never confronted me, I apologize. I was WRONG As our country continues to move forward on equality issues, I believe the only place for the Confederate flag is in our history books mysharona1987: This is great. 👏👏👏 👏
My Black Friends: OLD NAWY

 Josh Clark
 Something has been weighing pretty heavily on me the past few days. I have had a few
 small discussions on the issue, but haven't gotten too far into it. I wanted to share this, not
 for attention, but because I thought it needed to be done
 It's no big secret to my friends that I love to hunt, fish, camp and do pretty much anything
 outdoors. I have always considered myself to be a country boy stuck in the city. One of
 the ways that I used to show pride for my lifestyle was wearing t-shirts with the
 Confederatel Rebel flag on them. In high school, I even had a bumper sticker on my truck
 that read "Keep It Flying". I had grown up seeing the flag regularly, and although I had
 seen it used in negative ways on occasion, I chose to accept the "Heritage not Hate" and
 "Pride not Prejudice" interpretation of the flag. If you had asked me back then, I would've
 told you that it was a symbol of southern pride and had nothing to do with racism
 I was raised pretty close to downtown Nashville and grew up with kids of all races with all
 kinds of backgrounds. I played baseball, basketball and football on teams where
 sometimes whites were minorities. I am very thankful for this. As I continue to grow and
 learn, I realize that we tend to fear things just because we don't understand them
 Because of where and how I was raised,
 background. I was able to realize that we are all the same underneath. I have had white
 friends, black friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends, Latino friends, Christian
 friends, Muslim friends, Atheist friends, etc. Thankfully, I have never had a racist bone in
 my body
 I never feared people of other color or
 It wasn't until well into my college years when I began to start thinking for myself. I no
 longer let the people I was raised by tell me how to view every issue and tried my best to
 be more open-minded. I believe that one of the most important things for us to do as
 humans is to try putting ourselves in others' shoes before we make any kind of
 judgement.
 Although I never meant anything racist by sporting the Confederate flag, I couldn't help
 but think of what some of my black friends thought about it. I really can't think of a time
 that I was confronted about it. Did it not offend them? Were they too nice or afraid to
 confront me about it? The more I researched about the history of the flag, the worse I felt.
 What I had been told about its history was wrong. Thousands of southerners still fly the
 flag with no racist intent. They still defend the good things they've been told about the
 flag. They, like I once was, are WRONG. The flag is a symbol of a way of life that was
 wrong. Not that it needs to be stated, but slavery is one of the most evil and cruel things
 this world has ever seen. The Confederate flag represents this evil. Where is the pride in
 that? The Confederate flag is also a sign of division. How can you truly be a patriot of this
 country and fly this flag? Do we really need to fly a flag to show that we are southern, or
 that we like to hunt and fish, especially when it's offensive to so many? It is not a kind
 thing, a good thing, or the right thing to do

 To those against removing the flag, I do not think you are a bad person. I know what it
 once meant to me. I do, however, challenge you to do your research. Step outside of what
 your family taught you and be open-minded. Even if you believe in a different history
 lesson, is flying a flag worth the pain it causes others? Please try to view these issues
 from the other side of the argument.
 To those I may have offended in the past, who never confronted me, I apologize. I was
 WRONG
 As our country continues to move forward on equality issues, I believe the only place for
 the Confederate flag is in our history books
mysharona1987:
This is great.
👏👏👏 👏

mysharona1987: This is great. 👏👏👏 👏

My Black Friends: OLD NAWY Josh Clark Something has been weighing pretty heavily on me the past few days. I have had a few small discussions on the issue, but haven't gotten too far into it. I wanted to share this, not for attention, but because I thought it needed to be done It's no big secret to my friends that I love to hunt, fish, camp and do pretty much anything outdoors. I have always considered myself to be a country boy stuck in the city. One of the ways that I used to show pride for my lifestyle was wearing t-shirts with the Confederatel Rebel flag on them. In high school, I even had a bumper sticker on my truck that read "Keep It Flying". I had grown up seeing the flag regularly, and although I had seen it used in negative ways on occasion, I chose to accept the "Heritage not Hate" and "Pride not Prejudice" interpretation of the flag. If you had asked me back then, I would've told you that it was a symbol of southern pride and had nothing to do with racism I was raised pretty close to downtown Nashville and grew up with kids of all races with all kinds of backgrounds. I played baseball, basketball and football on teams where sometimes whites were minorities. I am very thankful for this. As I continue to grow and learn, I realize that we tend to fear things just because we don't understand them Because of where and how I was raised, background. I was able to realize that we are all the same underneath. I have had white friends, black friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends, Latino friends, Christian friends, Muslim friends, Atheist friends, etc. Thankfully, I have never had a racist bone in my body I never feared people of other color or It wasn't until well into my college years when I began to start thinking for myself. I no longer let the people I was raised by tell me how to view every issue and tried my best to be more open-minded. I believe that one of the most important things for us to do as humans is to try putting ourselves in others' shoes before we make any kind of judgement. Although I never meant anything racist by sporting the Confederate flag, I couldn't help but think of what some of my black friends thought about it. I really can't think of a time that I was confronted about it. Did it not offend them? Were they too nice or afraid to confront me about it? The more I researched about the history of the flag, the worse I felt. What I had been told about its history was wrong. Thousands of southerners still fly the flag with no racist intent. They still defend the good things they've been told about the flag. They, like I once was, are WRONG. The flag is a symbol of a way of life that was wrong. Not that it needs to be stated, but slavery is one of the most evil and cruel things this world has ever seen. The Confederate flag represents this evil. Where is the pride in that? The Confederate flag is also a sign of division. How can you truly be a patriot of this country and fly this flag? Do we really need to fly a flag to show that we are southern, or that we like to hunt and fish, especially when it's offensive to so many? It is not a kind thing, a good thing, or the right thing to do To those against removing the flag, I do not think you are a bad person. I know what it once meant to me. I do, however, challenge you to do your research. Step outside of what your family taught you and be open-minded. Even if you believe in a different history lesson, is flying a flag worth the pain it causes others? Please try to view these issues from the other side of the argument. To those I may have offended in the past, who never confronted me, I apologize. I was WRONG As our country continues to move forward on equality issues, I believe the only place for the Confederate flag is in our history books mysharona1987: This is great.
My Black Friends: OLD NAWY

 Josh Clark
 Something has been weighing pretty heavily on me the past few days. I have had a few
 small discussions on the issue, but haven't gotten too far into it. I wanted to share this, not
 for attention, but because I thought it needed to be done
 It's no big secret to my friends that I love to hunt, fish, camp and do pretty much anything
 outdoors. I have always considered myself to be a country boy stuck in the city. One of
 the ways that I used to show pride for my lifestyle was wearing t-shirts with the
 Confederatel Rebel flag on them. In high school, I even had a bumper sticker on my truck
 that read "Keep It Flying". I had grown up seeing the flag regularly, and although I had
 seen it used in negative ways on occasion, I chose to accept the "Heritage not Hate" and
 "Pride not Prejudice" interpretation of the flag. If you had asked me back then, I would've
 told you that it was a symbol of southern pride and had nothing to do with racism
 I was raised pretty close to downtown Nashville and grew up with kids of all races with all
 kinds of backgrounds. I played baseball, basketball and football on teams where
 sometimes whites were minorities. I am very thankful for this. As I continue to grow and
 learn, I realize that we tend to fear things just because we don't understand them
 Because of where and how I was raised,
 background. I was able to realize that we are all the same underneath. I have had white
 friends, black friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends, Latino friends, Christian
 friends, Muslim friends, Atheist friends, etc. Thankfully, I have never had a racist bone in
 my body
 I never feared people of other color or
 It wasn't until well into my college years when I began to start thinking for myself. I no
 longer let the people I was raised by tell me how to view every issue and tried my best to
 be more open-minded. I believe that one of the most important things for us to do as
 humans is to try putting ourselves in others' shoes before we make any kind of
 judgement.
 Although I never meant anything racist by sporting the Confederate flag, I couldn't help
 but think of what some of my black friends thought about it. I really can't think of a time
 that I was confronted about it. Did it not offend them? Were they too nice or afraid to
 confront me about it? The more I researched about the history of the flag, the worse I felt.
 What I had been told about its history was wrong. Thousands of southerners still fly the
 flag with no racist intent. They still defend the good things they've been told about the
 flag. They, like I once was, are WRONG. The flag is a symbol of a way of life that was
 wrong. Not that it needs to be stated, but slavery is one of the most evil and cruel things
 this world has ever seen. The Confederate flag represents this evil. Where is the pride in
 that? The Confederate flag is also a sign of division. How can you truly be a patriot of this
 country and fly this flag? Do we really need to fly a flag to show that we are southern, or
 that we like to hunt and fish, especially when it's offensive to so many? It is not a kind
 thing, a good thing, or the right thing to do

 To those against removing the flag, I do not think you are a bad person. I know what it
 once meant to me. I do, however, challenge you to do your research. Step outside of what
 your family taught you and be open-minded. Even if you believe in a different history
 lesson, is flying a flag worth the pain it causes others? Please try to view these issues
 from the other side of the argument.
 To those I may have offended in the past, who never confronted me, I apologize. I was
 WRONG
 As our country continues to move forward on equality issues, I believe the only place for
 the Confederate flag is in our history books
mysharona1987:
This is great.

mysharona1987: This is great.

My Black Friends: OLD NAWY Josh Clark Something has been weighing pretty heavily on me the past few days. I have had a few small discussions on the issue, but haven't gotten too far into it. I wanted to share this, not for attention, but because I thought it needed to be done It's no big secret to my friends that I love to hunt, fish, camp and do pretty much anything outdoors. I have always considered myself to be a country boy stuck in the city. One of the ways that I used to show pride for my lifestyle was wearing t-shirts with the Confederatel Rebel flag on them. In high school, I even had a bumper sticker on my truck that read "Keep It Flying". I had grown up seeing the flag regularly, and although I had seen it used in negative ways on occasion, I chose to accept the "Heritage not Hate" and "Pride not Prejudice" interpretation of the flag. If you had asked me back then, I would've told you that it was a symbol of southern pride and had nothing to do with racism I was raised pretty close to downtown Nashville and grew up with kids of all races with all kinds of backgrounds. I played baseball, basketball and football on teams where sometimes whites were minorities. I am very thankful for this. As I continue to grow and learn, I realize that we tend to fear things just because we don't understand them Because of where and how I was raised, background. I was able to realize that we are all the same underneath. I have had white friends, black friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends, Latino friends, Christian friends, Muslim friends, Atheist friends, etc. Thankfully, I have never had a racist bone in my body I never feared people of other color or It wasn't until well into my college years when I began to start thinking for myself. I no longer let the people I was raised by tell me how to view every issue and tried my best to be more open-minded. I believe that one of the most important things for us to do as humans is to try putting ourselves in others' shoes before we make any kind of judgement. Although I never meant anything racist by sporting the Confederate flag, I couldn't help but think of what some of my black friends thought about it. I really can't think of a time that I was confronted about it. Did it not offend them? Were they too nice or afraid to confront me about it? The more I researched about the history of the flag, the worse I felt. What I had been told about its history was wrong. Thousands of southerners still fly the flag with no racist intent. They still defend the good things they've been told about the flag. They, like I once was, are WRONG. The flag is a symbol of a way of life that was wrong. Not that it needs to be stated, but slavery is one of the most evil and cruel things this world has ever seen. The Confederate flag represents this evil. Where is the pride in that? The Confederate flag is also a sign of division. How can you truly be a patriot of this country and fly this flag? Do we really need to fly a flag to show that we are southern, or that we like to hunt and fish, especially when it's offensive to so many? It is not a kind thing, a good thing, or the right thing to do To those against removing the flag, I do not think you are a bad person. I know what it once meant to me. I do, however, challenge you to do your research. Step outside of what your family taught you and be open-minded. Even if you believe in a different history lesson, is flying a flag worth the pain it causes others? Please try to view these issues from the other side of the argument. To those I may have offended in the past, who never confronted me, I apologize. I was WRONG As our country continues to move forward on equality issues, I believe the only place for the Confederate flag is in our history books mysharona1987: This is great.
My Black Friends: OLD NAWY

 Josh Clark
 Something has been weighing pretty heavily on me the past few days. I have had a few
 small discussions on the issue, but haven't gotten too far into it. I wanted to share this, not
 for attention, but because I thought it needed to be done
 It's no big secret to my friends that I love to hunt, fish, camp and do pretty much anything
 outdoors. I have always considered myself to be a country boy stuck in the city. One of
 the ways that I used to show pride for my lifestyle was wearing t-shirts with the
 Confederatel Rebel flag on them. In high school, I even had a bumper sticker on my truck
 that read "Keep It Flying". I had grown up seeing the flag regularly, and although I had
 seen it used in negative ways on occasion, I chose to accept the "Heritage not Hate" and
 "Pride not Prejudice" interpretation of the flag. If you had asked me back then, I would've
 told you that it was a symbol of southern pride and had nothing to do with racism
 I was raised pretty close to downtown Nashville and grew up with kids of all races with all
 kinds of backgrounds. I played baseball, basketball and football on teams where
 sometimes whites were minorities. I am very thankful for this. As I continue to grow and
 learn, I realize that we tend to fear things just because we don't understand them
 Because of where and how I was raised,
 background. I was able to realize that we are all the same underneath. I have had white
 friends, black friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends, Latino friends, Christian
 friends, Muslim friends, Atheist friends, etc. Thankfully, I have never had a racist bone in
 my body
 I never feared people of other color or
 It wasn't until well into my college years when I began to start thinking for myself. I no
 longer let the people I was raised by tell me how to view every issue and tried my best to
 be more open-minded. I believe that one of the most important things for us to do as
 humans is to try putting ourselves in others' shoes before we make any kind of
 judgement.
 Although I never meant anything racist by sporting the Confederate flag, I couldn't help
 but think of what some of my black friends thought about it. I really can't think of a time
 that I was confronted about it. Did it not offend them? Were they too nice or afraid to
 confront me about it? The more I researched about the history of the flag, the worse I felt.
 What I had been told about its history was wrong. Thousands of southerners still fly the
 flag with no racist intent. They still defend the good things they've been told about the
 flag. They, like I once was, are WRONG. The flag is a symbol of a way of life that was
 wrong. Not that it needs to be stated, but slavery is one of the most evil and cruel things
 this world has ever seen. The Confederate flag represents this evil. Where is the pride in
 that? The Confederate flag is also a sign of division. How can you truly be a patriot of this
 country and fly this flag? Do we really need to fly a flag to show that we are southern, or
 that we like to hunt and fish, especially when it's offensive to so many? It is not a kind
 thing, a good thing, or the right thing to do

 To those against removing the flag, I do not think you are a bad person. I know what it
 once meant to me. I do, however, challenge you to do your research. Step outside of what
 your family taught you and be open-minded. Even if you believe in a different history
 lesson, is flying a flag worth the pain it causes others? Please try to view these issues
 from the other side of the argument.
 To those I may have offended in the past, who never confronted me, I apologize. I was
 WRONG
 As our country continues to move forward on equality issues, I believe the only place for
 the Confederate flag is in our history books
mysharona1987:

This is great.

mysharona1987: This is great.

My Black Friends: Straight Guy Jses his tameto support same sex marriage Raps About DrugUse "Iive seen Oxycotton take three lives White Guy Drawsattention tofactthat racial inequality isn'ta thing of the past Networth$5 Million Makes cheapclothes alegitimate ashion choic ishipitlikeups: smashingxteacups: doktorgirlfriend: herooflife: motherfickle: thebrokenhunterandhisbrokenangel: worldofdrakan: its-heaven-nowadays: More Macklemore, less Robin Thicke. And yet a huge percentage of Tumblr hates him. Not trying to be confrontational, but could someone please explain to me why this is? Because he is a straight white guy and Tumblr isn’t always right.  Yup. A lot of people like to ignore all the good things he does simply because he is part of the privileged. Never mind that he flat out acknowledges this in Same Love. (“I may not be the same, but that’s not important.”) BLESS YOUR SOULS.  BLESS YOUR FUCKING SOULS.  I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT STAND THAT FUCKING A LOT OF TUMBLR HATES MACKLEMORE.  BECAUSE HONESTLY, HE WAS EVERYTHING THEY WERE COMPLAINING WHITE PEOPLE AREN’T AND NOW THAT THEY GOT A FUCKING ROLEMODEL THEY SUDDENLY COMPLAIN?????? BECAUSE HE’S WHITE?????  Macklemore grew up privileged, yes, but he understands the inequality and the disturbing gap between rich and poor. He has a song called White Privilege:  “Hiphop started off in a block that I’ve never been toTo counter act a struggle that I’ve never even been throughIf I think I understand just because I flow tooThat means I’m not keeping it true, nope.” ALSO "But as I’m blessed with the privilege, they’re still left with the scars” AND HAVE YOU HEARD HIS SONG CLAIMING THE CITY??? “I grew up on Capitol Hill,With two parents and two cars.They had a beautiful marriage, we even had a swing set in our yard.My mom didn’t have a job, because my dad made enough money that we could live comfortably and he could support us.Now, he commute to Tacoma, so we knew we be good.But then I realized everybody looked just like me in my neighborhood.I go to school, which was diverse.But indeed us, I got sandwiches and Capri Suns well my friends ate their free lunch.It’s crazy trying to look back, cause when I was growing upI didn’t understand the fact was there’s something called a social status.And my black friends wanted my financial bracket.And then my city’s divided,From neighborhood to neighborhoodWe’re polarized but we claim we’re progressive.The police shoot in the hood but never once in my residence.As a white person been shot at we’d stopped in a Lexus.And to think that we have claimed that so much has changed” OH GOODNESS ME, HE’S SUCH AN ASSHOLE. HE’S SO PRIVILEGED GOD. HOW ABOUT A WAKE???  "Don’t wanna be that white dude, million man marchin’Fighting for our freedom that my people stoleDon’t wanna make all my white fans uncomfortableBut you don’t even have a fuckin’ song for radioWhy you out here talkin race, tryin’ to save the fuckin’ globeDon’t get involved with the causes in mindWhite privilege, white guilt, at the same damn timeSo we just party like it’s nineteen ninety nineCelebrate the ignorance while these kids keep dying.” Tumblr needs to hop down off it’s high fucking horse and instead of turning against a potential role model and ally to all that they’ve been fucking preaching about JUST BECAUSE HE’S PRIVILEGED AND WHITE, maybe make him an icon because he’s not rapping about disrespecting women. He’s making a small change. But because he grew up with a well structured family environment and he was able to afford everything he desired, he’s suddenly the enemy.  Macklemore hate is proof that Tumblr’s brand of militant social justice is just made up of a bunch of people with either a victimization fetish and/or a hateful, angry heart seeking acceptable targets, and they then proceed to poison the people that really just want to do good, ultimately mangling a good cause beyond recognition. And 99% of people who complain about the first lyric of “Same Love” have never actually listened beyond that. Somebody tells them “The song starts with ‘when i was in the third grade i thought that i was gay’” and they start clutching their pearls because surely the whole song is just some straight dude making lgbtqa rights all about him and how he thinks because he thought he was gay when he was eight he knows all about it. And maybe it’s not the best way to word the beginning of the song, BUT IF YOU ACTUALLY LISTEN OR READ BEYOND THAT it turns out it’s a segue into talking about ridiculous stereotypes and preconceived ideas about sexuality and questioning why someone would think it was a bad idea to be gay in the first place. And then it goes on to discuss the homophobia inherent in the music genre he’s a part of and calling his peers out on slurs and derogatory language and hypocrisy in religion, and it beautifully features Mary fucking Lambert, and goddammit I had trouble driving home when I first heard it in the car because I was fucking crying. Macklemore is a privileged individual who consistently and vocally acknowledges his privileges and strives to use it to do legitimate good, which is everything Tumblr claims it wants, but as soon as he starts, they scream for him to shut up. Because their need to rage and scream and hate and wallow in willful ignorance is more important to them than seeing actual change take place anywhere in the world. so glad i came across this post. you have to remember that tumblr :so called “activists” like to comment on anything that seems potentially bad, even if that means over-shadowing great points and progress that a lot of people, both gay and straight have wished for. God bless.
My Black Friends: Straight Guy
 Jses his tameto support
 same sex marriage
 Raps About DrugUse
 "Iive seen Oxycotton take three lives
 White Guy
 Drawsattention tofactthat
 racial
 inequality isn'ta thing of the past
 Networth$5 Million
 Makes cheapclothes alegitimate
 ashion choic
ishipitlikeups:

smashingxteacups:

doktorgirlfriend:

herooflife:

motherfickle:

thebrokenhunterandhisbrokenangel:

worldofdrakan:

its-heaven-nowadays:

More Macklemore, less Robin Thicke.

And yet a huge percentage of Tumblr hates him. Not trying to be confrontational, but could someone please explain to me why this is?

Because he is a straight white guy and Tumblr isn’t always right. 

Yup. A lot of people like to ignore all the good things he does simply because he is part of the privileged. Never mind that he flat out acknowledges this in Same Love. (“I may not be the same, but that’s not important.”)

BLESS YOUR SOULS. 
BLESS YOUR FUCKING SOULS. 
I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT STAND THAT FUCKING A LOT OF TUMBLR HATES MACKLEMORE. 
BECAUSE HONESTLY, HE WAS EVERYTHING THEY WERE COMPLAINING WHITE PEOPLE AREN’T AND NOW THAT THEY GOT A FUCKING ROLEMODEL THEY SUDDENLY COMPLAIN?????? BECAUSE HE’S WHITE????? 
Macklemore grew up privileged, yes, but he understands the inequality and the disturbing gap between rich and poor. He has a song called White Privilege: 
“Hiphop started off in a block that I’ve never been toTo counter act a struggle that I’ve never even been throughIf I think I understand just because I flow tooThat means I’m not keeping it true, nope.”
ALSO
"But as I’m blessed with the privilege, they’re still left with the scars”
AND HAVE YOU HEARD HIS SONG CLAIMING THE CITY???
“I grew up on Capitol Hill,With two parents and two cars.They had a beautiful marriage, we even had a swing set in our yard.My mom didn’t have a job, because my dad made enough money that we could live comfortably and he could support us.Now, he commute to Tacoma, so we knew we be good.But then I realized everybody looked just like me in my neighborhood.I go to school, which was diverse.But indeed us, I got sandwiches and Capri Suns well my friends ate their free lunch.It’s crazy trying to look back, cause when I was growing upI didn’t understand the fact was there’s something called a social status.And my black friends wanted my financial bracket.And then my city’s divided,From neighborhood to neighborhoodWe’re polarized but we claim we’re progressive.The police shoot in the hood but never once in my residence.As a white person been shot at we’d stopped in a Lexus.And to think that we have claimed that so much has changed”
OH GOODNESS ME, HE’S SUCH AN ASSHOLE. HE’S SO PRIVILEGED GOD.
HOW ABOUT A WAKE??? 
"Don’t wanna be that white dude, million man marchin’Fighting for our freedom that my people stoleDon’t wanna make all my white fans uncomfortableBut you don’t even have a fuckin’ song for radioWhy you out here talkin race, tryin’ to save the fuckin’ globeDon’t get involved with the causes in mindWhite privilege, white guilt, at the same damn timeSo we just party like it’s nineteen ninety nineCelebrate the ignorance while these kids keep dying.”
Tumblr needs to hop down off it’s high fucking horse and instead of turning against a potential role model and ally to all that they’ve been fucking preaching about JUST BECAUSE HE’S PRIVILEGED AND WHITE, maybe make him an icon because he’s not rapping about disrespecting women. He’s making a small change. But because he grew up with a well structured family environment and he was able to afford everything he desired, he’s suddenly the enemy. 

Macklemore hate is proof that Tumblr’s brand of militant social justice is just made up of a bunch of people with either a victimization fetish and/or a hateful, angry heart seeking acceptable targets, and they then proceed to poison the people that really just want to do good, ultimately mangling a good cause beyond recognition.
And 99% of people who complain about the first lyric of “Same Love” have never actually listened beyond that. Somebody tells them “The song starts with ‘when i was in the third grade i thought that i was gay’” and they start clutching their pearls because surely the whole song is just some straight dude making lgbtqa rights all about him and how he thinks because he thought he was gay when he was eight he knows all about it. And maybe it’s not the best way to word the beginning of the song, BUT IF YOU ACTUALLY LISTEN OR READ BEYOND THAT it turns out it’s a segue into talking about ridiculous stereotypes and preconceived ideas about sexuality and questioning why someone would think it was a bad idea to be gay in the first place. And then it goes on to discuss the homophobia inherent in the music genre he’s a part of and calling his peers out on slurs and derogatory language and hypocrisy in religion, and it beautifully features Mary fucking Lambert, and goddammit I had trouble driving home when I first heard it in the car because I was fucking crying.
Macklemore is a privileged individual who consistently and vocally acknowledges his privileges and strives to use it to do legitimate good, which is everything Tumblr claims it wants, but as soon as he starts, they scream for him to shut up. Because their need to rage and scream and hate and wallow in willful ignorance is more important to them than seeing actual change take place anywhere in the world.

so glad i came across this post. you have to remember that tumblr :so called “activists” like to comment on anything that seems potentially bad, even if that means over-shadowing great points and progress that a lot of people, both gay and straight have wished for.

God bless.

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