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August 28, 1963: "The March on Washington"

The first special train arrived at Union Station in Washington D.C. before 7 a.m. and carried 535 marchers from Pittsburgh. Next came a train from Cincinnati. People were coming by bus, plane, automobile, bicycle and foot. The whole affair was giving the nation’s capital a case of the jitters. Alcohol sales were banned. Hospitals and jails made room for an onslaught of arrivals. More than 5,000 police were on hand. Many expected riots and looting.

Instead, the “March for Jobs and Freedom” had the peaceful atmosphere of a church picnic. Known now as the “March on Washington,” the event drew more than 200,000 people to the capital and became a defining moment in the nation’s Civil Rights Movement.

The march itself was fairly short — nine blocks, from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, where formal ceremonies were held. In the front ranks were the Pittsburgh delegation, singing marching songs and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Men removed their coats in the summer heat. The chant of “freedom, freedom” filled the air. At the Lincoln Memorial, speakers and musicians awaited the start of the official program. Not everyone was pleased with President John F. Kennedy’s pending Civil Rights legislation. Two Kennedy aides stood by, ready to pull the plug on the sound system should any of the speakers get out of hand.

Of course, The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was the day’s highlight. It was carried live on television and is today considered one of the most important and moving speeches in American history.

Before the march, the Pennsylvania delegation met with Rep. William S. Moorhead, a Pittsburgh Democrat. Over coffee and breakfast rolls, Moorhead confided that passage of Civil Rights legislation then before Congress was by no means certain — blunt assessment that “mystified and dismayed” Moorhead’s fellow Pittsburghers, according to the Press.

“Do you think our coming here has helped the bill?” one marcher asked.

Probably, Moorhead replied. The march, in fact, is now credited with providing the political momentum that ensured passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

— Steve Mellon

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You know what I want? More bi- and pansexual characters.

We have a small amount of gay and lesbian characters, and I realize that that’s a start, but as someone who is pansexual, there is this stigma that we’re greedy or just want attention (like a special snowflake) and we’re really just gay or straight. Like, that’s not how sexuality works.

You know how many characters that are bi or pan or omnisexual that come to mind right away? Two. Jack Harkness and Piper Chapman.

I’m writing a performance that has a pansexual character in it. :D It’ll be put on in 2014. :D 

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The Use of Offensive Humor

by. Meghan

Trigger warning: mentions self harm and rape

Key of Awesome is a YouTube channel that makes hilarious parodies of music videos. One of my favorites is their parody of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7CHfqg0wd8)

One of the cover lyrics is “this song was made by a gay computer” (the computer being pink and had a flower on it). Another lyric says that the group “makes other bands want to go home and slit their wrists.” Statements like these can be very offensive to some people: trivializing serious issues like self-harm and homophobia.

Key of Awesome is far from the only group that makes these jokes. This kind of humor is everywhere. Even saying “that’s gay” is so widely used most people don’t even realize (or care) what they are really saying.

There are many possible explanations for why this kind of humor is so widely used. While there certainly are people who just find it funny to trivialize people, most people do not mean any harm. So why are the jokes made? I think it’s partly due to people not realizing the harm these jokes can cause. “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” after all.

It is possible offensive humor is used so much because people just don’t realize that what they are making fun off has serious, emotional connotations attached to it, and that the issues they are joking about are much more serious than they realize.

It’s easy for someone in the majority to not realize the kinds of experiences people in the minority face. For the most part, white people don’t have to worry about getting “randomly” searched at airports or on city streets. Heterosexuals/romantics don’t have to fight for their right to get married. Men don’t have to worry about being able to afford birth control, and the list goes on and on. The point is it’s easier to make a joke about something if you really don’t know how big an issue really is. Or what kind of impact your joke can have. Do you really think so many people would make jokes about rape or self harm if they really understood how triggering it is? Oh sure, some people still would, but I think a lot of people would stop.

This, of course, is only one possible explanation to why offensive humor is used so often, and I’m sure there are many more reasons that contribute to this. Feel free to add your own thoughts on why offensive humor is so popular.