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Yesterday, the street kind of exploded. Around the same place it fell in about a year or two ago.

OK, so it didn't explode. Something underground (a transformer, I believe) exploded/caught on fire.

Of course, several blocks of street were sectioned off, and there were multiple firetrucks/police cars/ambulances. Power was also knocked out for several blocks.

I asked someone what happened, and they said "Some kind of underground explosion"

And of course, in an urban area, when you hear "explosion" (apparently there was smoke, too), and see all the emergency services there at once, you assume the worst. You assume al-qaeda has struck yet again, and OH MY GOD WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! Or at least I do.

Of course, no such thing happened.

Often, when a neighborhood or other geographical area is viewed as substandard, people blame it on "them'.

You know, the homeless. Or the prostitutes, or the illegal immigrants, or whoever.

People get enegized to "clean up the streets". Make "them" go away.

As if the homeless, sex workers, or illegal immigrants are objects. Not people, but some kind of nusiance that you have to get rid of.

You know what? They're human. They have hopes and dreams and aspirations. They have friends and family. They are people, and whether or not you agree with all their actions, they don't deserve to be looked down upon, called names, assaulted, or worse.

Because that sex worker is a waitress with two kids, trying to make ends meet.

Because that homeless man is a Vietnam veteran haunted by demons of the past.

Because that illegal immigrant was desperate to escape a life of poverty.

Because we're them, and they're us.
I'm so sorry you were surrounded by people who didn't understand you.

I hope you find some peace.


"Let's stop 'tolerating' or 'accepting' difference, as if we're so much better for not being different in the first place. Instead, let's celebrate difference, because in this world, it takes a lot of guts to be different."
-Kate Bornstein 

Reach out to someone different today. Someone who you might otherwise fear or dislike. Really get to know them. You may be surprised at what you might find.

After a sad attempt at using blogger, I have decided to try my hand at livejournaling.

Still not sure what this blog's going to be about yet. Probably a mix of activist ranting and random musings about...things.

Anyways, hi.