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Powerful Anti-Hate Ad Imagines What Harvey Milk, Matthew Shepard, and Others Would Be Like Today: VIDEO

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A powerful new ad from the Anti-Defamation League takes a look at a number of well-known figures whose lives were cut short by hate, imagining what their lives might be like today. MLK Jr., Anne Frank, Harvey Milk, Daniel Pearl, James Byrd, JR., Matthew Shepard, and Yitzhak Rabin are included in the ad which marks the organization's centennial year.

The ad is set, appropriately, to the music of John Lennon.

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  1. The current debate about "illegal immigrants" really has NOTHING to do with whether or not people from other countries should be allowed to come in without regulation. The near universal consensus is that the US has the right to protect its borders and enforce its immigration laws, as does every other country.

    So that isn't the real issue, it's just a right-wing talking point used as a distraction.

    The only real debate going on is about what to do about the illegal immigrants who are ALREADY HERE, some of them for decades. If we wanted to we *could* create an armed force to kick in doors, confiscate their property, lock them up in fenced camps until some sort of travel can be arranged and we can "get rid of them." Of course there's the question of who's going to PAY for that travel, the troops, guards and facilities to handle all that. It's not a small undertaking.

    Or we can set up some sort of program, with minimum standards for acceptance (like no criminal record or anti-US political activity) so those people are allowed to apply for citizenship.

    Which of those options sounds most reasonable, in line with how we view ourselves as a just and lawful country with an interest in human rights?

    The border isn't the issue; that's been settled. Perhaps not the exact means (building walls vs other methods of policing/enforcing) but the basic issue of our RIGHT to maintain our borders. Now we have to deal with reality as it exists, and deal with those already here, then move on from that. But the Right, as with most things (including gays), isn't good at dealing with reality. They just have a vision of their idea of a perfect country without a single reasonable idea of how to get there, because they can't let go of their desire to punish these awful lawbreakers who did EXACTLY the same thing their own forebears did by coming to this country for greater opportunities.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 22, 2013 1:31:55 PM


  2. I think this video is AMAZING and should be taken at face value. Arguing about illegal immigration is inappropriate in this thread. The message of the video is we can deal with our problems without hating each other. Fascism and religious bigotry helps no one.

    Posted by: Brad | Mar 22, 2013 2:23:02 PM


  3. Brad - So what you are saying is that we should accept propaganda because it has an element of truth included? That's how propaganda works. And it's no accident BTW- the Human Rights Campaign has been working "immigrant rights (illegal immigrants) " into their efforts for a while now.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 22, 2013 3:51:57 PM


  4. Caliban :

    "The current debate about "illegal immigrants""

    Why do you put illegal immigrants in quotes?

    "really has NOTHING to do with whether or not people from other countries should be allowed to come in without regulation."

    Actually, it does.

    " The near universal consensus is that the US has the right to protect its borders and enforce its immigration laws, as does every other country."

    Near universal consensus of whom and who gives a crap? A country has no "rights" per se. A country has sovereignty and it can only maintain that sovereignty over land it can and is willing to defend. Our country hasn't defended its border very well. Moreover, we have allowed employers to hire illegal aliens, landlords to rent to illegal aliens, and lenders to finance illegal aliens. We have even allowed states to issue documentation to illegal aliens and local politicians have taken it upon themselves to declare the municipalities that they represent as free from law enforcement.

    "So that isn't the real issue, it's just a right-wing talking point used as a distraction."

    No, it's the real issue. Especially owning to a court ruling called Kim Wong Ark which established the children born in the US to illegal aliens are US citizens. That effectively means that the 12 million illegal aliens could have 48 million babies who are US citizens, who could then have 200 million babies who are US citizens who could then vote to take down the US border. Do you honestly think that that was the intent of the 14th Amendment?

    "The only real debate going on is about what to do about the illegal immigrants who are ALREADY HERE, some of them for decades. "

    No, the debate is about the tens or even hundreds of millions of people who want to move to the US and turn it into the same kind of craphole that they currently live in. The 12 million illegal aliens that we have in this country are the 12 million since the last amnesty, the Reagan amnesty. Back then it was "only 3 million".... but of course there was another wave behind them.

    "If we wanted to we *could* create an armed force to kick in doors, confiscate their property, lock them up in fenced camps until some sort of travel can be arranged and we can "get rid of them.""


    That's why we invented the train.

    " Of course there's the question of who's going to PAY for that travel, the troops, guards and facilities to handle all that. It's not a small undertaking."

    Neither is the cost of illegal aliens giving birth in the US to children who then cost the taxpayers something on the order of $10,000 per year per person for the next 12 years. And then there are their children, so it's the gift that keeps on taking.

    "Or we can set up some sort of program, with minimum standards for acceptance (like no criminal record or anti-US political activity) so those people are allowed to apply for citizenship."

    No need for them. Deport them all.

    ".......... because they can't let go of their desire to punish these awful lawbreakers who did EXACTLY the same thing their own forebears did by coming to this country for greater opportunities."

    Are you in high school?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 22, 2013 4:08:19 PM


  5. Very powerful message brilliantly delivered.

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 22, 2013 5:25:49 PM


  6. Beautiful and powerful video. Thank you for linking to it, Andy.

    Lymis, you hit the nail on the head. A very worthy post.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Mar 22, 2013 6:24:27 PM


  7. "That's why we invented the train."

    Translation: That's why we have cattle cars.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Mar 22, 2013 6:30:18 PM


  8. This rates up there with the "Vanity Fair" cover of Princess Di walking with Kate in the present day. This is pathetic manipulative trash. People do die. Don't disrespect their memories with your warped versions of your twisted fantasies. You deluded idiots have crossed the line of respect. You're all too far gone... Your "zeal" is not real.

    Posted by: Garth | Mar 22, 2013 11:18:28 PM


  9. You all have become experts on hate -- with you as the supposed targets. Get over yourself. Never hear much love talk -- but I forget that you are the victims -- all cozy in front of your laptops. Life is so unfair!

    Posted by: Jess | Mar 22, 2013 11:26:04 PM


  10. There's a desperation in digging in the graveyard, just to validate your cause. That's how bad it's gotten. Welcome to Gay tactics 2013. I wonder if all those who died of AIDS came back? Many taken in their prime--none I knew spoke of marriage.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 23, 2013 12:21:03 AM


  11. This is amazing! GO GAY RIGHTS! and I love knowing its angering the person above who had to use three different screenames to post the same thing. LOL can you imagine how many cancer cells grow each time these bigots visit our blogs? here's to hoping for early cancer for all of them :)

    Posted by: Todd | Mar 23, 2013 3:44:05 AM


  12. This makes me so proud to be gay, openly gay, and continuing the legacy of our community for those who have died.

    Posted by: Kley | Mar 23, 2013 3:45:48 AM


  13. This is wonderful. Ignore the trolls, they are just giving themselves an ulcer by seeing all this wonderful pro gay imagery.
    This weekend is our civil rights moment in history! be proud.

    Posted by: Jordan | Mar 23, 2013 3:46:37 AM


  14. Gay rights history is so beautiful, so powerful, and it takes moments like this to realize how deep gay rights history and our movement is. It's because of Mathew Sheperd and Harvey Milk that we continue the fight and vocally fight on.

    Posted by: Michael M.C | Mar 23, 2013 3:48:39 AM


  15. This is powerful beyond words.

    Gay pride indeed. No just for me as a gay citizen today, but for our youth tomorrow, and the many gay men who came before us.

    Posted by: Leo | Mar 23, 2013 3:50:36 AM


  16. Why would we assume Matthew Shepard would be an activist? He's famous because he was killed, not because he ever did anything. The awareness his death brought to teen bullying and suicide resonated so far and wide because he was sweet-faced and attractive, not based on some great bravery or heroism he ever displayed.

    Posted by: Stephen | Mar 23, 2013 11:15:07 AM


  17. @Stephen:

    It's called imagination. Give it a try.

    Posted by: Douglas | Mar 23, 2013 2:10:43 PM


  18. Go Todd!! Cancer and gay rights. Couldn't have it in life, but it is possible in death. Gay necrophilia as motivator. What ever works.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 23, 2013 3:58:48 PM


  19. And..... I'm a mess. That was beautiful. Wow....
    Speechless.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 24, 2013 4:43:56 AM


  20. wow no wonder republicans are deciding to reach out to lgbt based on some of the comments here.

    Posted by: oc | Mar 24, 2013 10:53:23 AM


  21. An ANTI-HATE AD from a certifiable hate group ? What a funny world we are living in!

    Why do you think Islam has been forced to be radicalized only to give birth to Al Qaeda, to begin with? Expose by a scribe from WSJ, a Rupert Murder(sic)'s weapon of mass destruction of democracies everywhere?:

    America's Most Powerful Racist Hate Group

    "The Anti-Defamation League is the longest running and most powerful hate group in the United States with 28 offices domestically and 3 offices abroad. They bring in nearly $60 million a year to combat free speech and the right of ethnic minorities to defend themselves from bigotry (including Black Muslims, Arabs, and Euro-Americans)...."

    http://rense.com/general79/rcst.htm

    After all, the MLK segment is subtly intended to provide a troll like Hearne with a forum to babble in.... maybe.... who knows? LOL

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Mar 24, 2013 4:13:34 PM


  22. iban4yesu --

    "The Anti-Defamation League is the longest running and most powerful hate group in the United States"

    The most powerful hate group in the US is academia.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 24, 2013 9:57:49 PM


  23. Um, only because the academia(I am thinking My dear Chomky) could prove how your theory on "illegal immigrants" is full of self-righteous and ignorant myopia?
    (Oops, I just fed a troll! My bad! LOL)

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Mar 25, 2013 11:34:39 AM


  24. @ Stephen:

    What Douglas is suggesting is more like a fantasy on the verge of hysteria!
    That poor little lad was just looking for some tail in the wrong place and in the wrong time(to the utterly awful, brutal and infuriating end).
    I think Matt would be quite embarrassed by this manic hagiography...
    Yep, let the dead rest in peace!

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Mar 25, 2013 11:42:07 AM


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