hope does spring eternal....this thin thread of sanity that strings together generations and different regions of our country is stronger as the years go by, judging by the polling trends of the past few years. like you, i see the dividing line seems to be my generation - i was born in the early 60s and have watched a lot of tumultuous changes in america as she stretched for fairness & equality for all. i grew up in north east texas (bubbaville central, as i affectionately call it) and the grumblings were strong and loud when the desegregation laws came about. i can't recall sitting in a classroom that was segregated. there's even growing world awareness in that home town of mine - that started when they got cable television and CNN in the 80s in the community. LOL.<quoted text>
I have to use epoxy to keep them on LOL
But I would hate to lose that, I really would, I want desperately, to think better of people than what they show.
But look at history, you started with black people, it wasnt 200 years before that one could be burned at the state for being a Protestant, or Catholic ( depending on where you were )
it goes back and back and back
But you could be right, we may have to wait for them to die off, my relatives were from the deep south, so you can imagine what I heard as a child, but the children of those same people, are supportive of equal rights for everyone, even same sex marrage.
What annoys me is the people that we are waiting to die off, are my age, that bothers me no end. It was my generation that was supposed to get past all this garbage, we failed, however when I look at my children ( now in their 30's and 40's ) and their friends, where we have failed we at least taught those values to the next generation, even if we could not live up to them ourselves.
I have kept young by keeping young people around me, and listening ( not waiting my turn to talk ) to what they are saying, and thinking about why they are saying that. Sometimes that takes some effort on my part my opinions are pretty ingrained.
If you look at the polls,( by young I mean 35 and younger ) they have overwhelming support for same sex marriage.
It helps, I may be an old man ( well older anyway ) but I have kept an open mind.
from what i understand from friends that still live in my old home town, things have changed even there (population at below 15k and is a farming community)...they're considerably more open minded and hearted than they were back in the 70s while i was attending high school. from what i gather, there's a number of younger adults and teens that are pretty "avant garde" living there....LOL. I'm sure the old guard is quite agog and atwitter with gossip..but for the most part they all kind of blend in and are accepted. it's far easier for a young person to be themselves now than it was when i was a teen. there's even a gay segment of the population there that's not harrassed by the masses - they live peacably with their neighbors. that's what amazes me and makes me so very proud of my home town. that's proof positive that change can occur, in as little as 30 yrs. don't get me wrong - there's no gay pride parades happening there, but at least my gay brothers and lesbian sisters don't have to fear being beaten or shot for being the way they are, unlike the years of my teen yrs.
hey, maybe i'm showing signs of life in my rose colored glasses. LOL