Revisiting Proposition 8

This was originally posted at three ways to take it in regards to Hip Hop vs. Proposition 8.

This is a tough issue to really understand when many are
experiencing it *removed* from the locale. As a former New York
resident, I had lots of preconceived notions about the policies of
California and the “liberals” in San Francisco, even though I’d never
traveled there.

I decided to go to San Francisco for it’s art community, weather,
and natural beauty. And before I left, I remember people laughing at me
in summer of 2002 for going to “San Frangaysco”.

It’s very interesting to note that in 2000 62% opposed marriage
equality in California. Now just 52% oppose it. As Mayor Newsom says,
“Truly that’s progress, but not enough.”

I can say with conviction I have grown to respect and embrace that
“liberal” label for myself now that I’ve lived in the Bay Area for 6
years.

It too is a stereotype, and I feel that if a “liberal” is someone
who is committed to respecting points of view, regardless if they share
the opinions and lifestyles of the other individuals I will gladly take
the scorn of “conservatives” who want to take rights away, and bring
religion into governmental issues…I respect the separation of church
and state.

Yes, media plays stereotypes up because fear mongering and “hate the
different” stories get ratings (gays, latinos, muslims, blacks,
immigrants), and one can formulate an opinion, but until one has
friends who have been impacted by legislation to take rights *AWAY*
it’s just talk.

San Diego Mayor Speaks up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rfea8iEGNw&feature=related

Gavin Newsom on the passage of Prop 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUQ6Bmt_u4s

I think that Cornell University Alum Keith Olberman was extremely compelling

“Some parameters, as preface. This isn’t about yelling, and this
isn’t about politics, and this isn’t really just about Prop-8. And I
don’t have a personal investment in this: I’m not gay, I had to strain
to think of one member of even my very extended family who is, I have
no personal stories of close friends or colleagues fighting the
prejudice that still pervades their lives.”

The full Olberman Transcript as well as the video is here:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27650743/

…and finally a bit of comedy:
“Prop 8 – The Musical” starring Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and many more…

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c0cf508ff8/prop-8-the-musical-starring-jack-black-john-c-reilly-and-many-more-from-fod-team-jack-black-craig-robinson-john-c-reilly-and-rashida-jones

Published by Pete Ippel

Pete Ippel, the son of a dancer and a musician, was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has been surrounded by the arts since birth. He moved to Morris, Illinois in 1989 and started to participate in athletics rather than dance. After high school, Pete attended Cornell University where he received a BA in psychology and a BFA in photo / digital art making. He continued to follow his sporting dreams in the high jump, which culminated in a school record leap of 7 feet 1/2 inch in 2001. In May 2004 he attained an MFA degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Presently Pete is a practicing artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New York, California, and internationally. Mr. Ippel resides in Working Artists Ventura, a sustainable artist community in southern California. In addition, he teaches art, is a web developer, an active blogger, and still high jumps from time to time. As a passionate problem solver and a pragmatic optimist, Pete’s art and his life are full of exciting challenges.

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