T.I. on Marriage Equality

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Following Jay-Z's thoughts, the King offers his own:


I don't care. I don't see what the big deal is, why some people are so against it. Why would you be so against it if it doesn't affect you or your lifestyle? I'm not in that world and it doesn't affect me if they did or they didn't... I don't care enough one way or another. If something doesn't affect you, you should not take a strong position against it.
The other day someone mentioned that opposition to marriage equality, while widespread, was thin. In other words, if you asked posed same-sex marriage to someone, initially, they'd oppose it. But it isn't the sort of issue that most people are really going to wage war, unless you truly believe 1.) Gay marriage is an offense to God. 2.) That government should follow that dictate.

There's an initial reaction to something many of us had never considered as possible. But the more of it you see, the more possible it becomes to imagine. 

Finally, prejudice is a kind of cartel that works best when there is no real dissent. Once one person breaks away, others who may have had doubts find it easy to speak up. Moreover, those who never really had objection--but were just kinda going along--also fall away. It's not like everyone in Mississippi thought Emmitt Till got what he had coming.

I think the marriage equality folks concerned about gay marriage in black communities, should really recruit some rappers. They've already done it with black athletes. But I bet they could get some rappers on board too.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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