I must say I am honestly disturbed by the Kim Davis story that has been making headlines as of late.
If you've had the opportunity to watch the footage where Kim Davis is released from jail you'll notice a few things among the people in the crowd:
1. Random white crucifixes cheerfully flying in the air
3. Signs promoting "Religious Freedom"
4. Signs of support exclaiming "Free Kim Davis!"
5. Signs announcing that "The Supreme Court is the new ISIS"
If that list doesn't sound disturbing to you...then this MAY not be the best blog for you...BUT I encourage you to keep reading...
In thinking about Kim Davis' act of protest in refusing to give marriage licences to same sex couples, I cannot help but think about her privilege.
I mean... come on. A white, Christian, heterosxual woman disobeys the law, does not follow through on her job, is sent to jail...then released to a crowd of supporters on the grounds that she won't do that bad protest thing she did ever again.
I MEAN COME ON?!
Movements like #BlackLivesMatter or campaigns against the war and violence in Palestine or movements for gun control or better health care are actively demonized in the media but a woman purposefully disobeying the law in the name of God becomes somewhat of an icon?
Is this argument too trite? Is it too on the nose? Is it too on the surface? Do I just NOT understand how this woman is a leader that should be followed?
It saddens me that religious freedom often benefits the privileged the most. It bothers me that Kim Davis has opened up spaces for more discrimination and homophobia. It bothers me that media outlets cover a story like this with more gentleness than the story of black men/women/teens/children being shot in the street.
Perhaps I am too angry. Or too exhausted. Or perhaps my argument is too common.
I've been asking myself what this Kim Davis story reveals about humanity.
Personally, it reveals the privilege. It reveals the gaping disparity between those who are supported by the systematic efforts of the United States and those who are not.
It reminds me just how important movements are. Especially movements actively working to end the disparities and atrocities against the least served.
Kim Davis does not feel like a martyr to me.
She feels like a reminder of the scathing effects of privilege.
She's a reminder of how protests DO matter and are needed for the real atrocities taking place.
She's a reminder of the real work and just how much there is.