Monday, September 19, 2016

A Young Boy Faces Down Hate

While a lot of us kvetch and moan, and whine and cry and stomp our feet against injustice, we could all learn a thing or two from a 12-year-old boy who stood in the street and tried to stop thousands of anti-gay protesters from marching against same-sex marriage in Mexico over the weekend.

Why did he do that?
“I have an uncle who is gay, and I hate people that hate.”
That's what he told photographer Manuel Rodríguez who snapped that picture of the boy, his arms outstretched in front of the mass of demonstrators protesting against resident Peña Nieto proposal change the country’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage nationally.

Marriage equality is legal in Mexico City as well as 10 of the country’s 31 states, and just last year Mexico’s supreme court said that laws restricting marriage to a man and woman were unconstitutional. Still, many state legislatures have failed to act upon the ruling and so President Peña Nieto has called on Congress to address the debate in order to settle the issue for good across the country.

And a twelve-year-old stepped up to help.
Attitude

11 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Brave boy!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's a powerful image, much like that photo of the Chinese protestor facing down the line of tanks in Tiananmen square from 20 or 25 years ago.

Bob Slatten said...

@Debra
This photo is so much like that one at Tiananmen Square. That's one more reason it's so striking because this boy, I'm sure, doesn't know about that other one.

anne marie in philly said...

and a little child shall lead them...

Debbie said...

I'M FEELING A BIG BURST OF LOVE THAT THIS KID RIGHT NOW!

Debbie said...

"for" this kid Oy.

Professor Chaos said...

Hero!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

A wonderful young boy who will do good things in this world!

JennTeacher said...

Amazing!

Helen Lashbrook said...

He's got more cojones than me (not difficult in my case); I applaud his bravery....a true courageous person (unlike Apple senior management's 'courage' over a head phone jack)

Kirk said...

Great story. Kids can often be homophobic--"That's so gay!"-- and it's nice to witness who's not.