Let’s take a moment and talk local politics.
Last month, an East Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed (and thankfully is being charged, although we’ll see what comes of that) an unarmed 17 year old boy. Since then, protests have rocked the area (I’ve been detoured many times due to said protests, and honestly, that minor inconvenience is nothing compared to a parent waking up without their son, so I’ll deal).
In the wake of this, a challenger decided to run against the sitting District Attorney. This is great news, our current DA has a less than stellar record with charging police for crimes. But as it turns out, the person running thinks that being queer is a sin. His half-hearted apology does nothing to change the fact that if he were to be the DA, he would be viewing a large class of citizens as ‘sinful’ and would treat us differently.
DA’s are really important (and as a quick side note, I like to think that since the Batman Begins trilogy, we understand the role of a DA better. Or maybe the over abundance of Law and Order’s. Either way, I’m glad that we as a society at least better understand what kind of a role the DA plays and how important they are), and we need to make sure that who we elect treats everyone equally under the law.
While we’re talking about politics: are you registered to vote? Seriously, you have to vote.
When women, queers, POC, immigrants, religious and economic minorities urged you to vote for Hillary because our lives depended on it, you could hide behind your privilege. Are you listening to us now?