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Queer Editorial

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Searching for a sliver of light amongst all the gloom.

There was a glimmer of light at the end of 2017, and we must hold on to it. In the US Roy Moore lost the Alabama senate election, and a Democrat has just turned a red state blue for the first time in twenty-five years. That an accused/alleged white male sexual predator could be on any election ticket says a lot about the societies we’ve built, but a quick look at the first polling information also tells us that it was black voters that gave Moore the boot. There were a lot of white people who voted for him anyway, but what’s even more amazing is that people of colour would feel motivated to vote. For some (read mainly white people), political indifference is the ultimate expression of privilege, but for black people, POC and other minorities, I can well understand why choosing between two white men might not feel like much reassurance, when most of the societal cards you’re dealt at birth work against you. To build on this election success I think it’s about time we voted in more black politicians, business leaders, and public servants. We need minorities represented in the places that matter so discrimination can be eradicated at state levels, and that goes for this country too. There’ll be no end to the institutional racism at every level of public life until these issues are addressed. And all us white folks, me included, need to get our heads round the fact that no matter what our situation we have all benefitted, and continue to benefit, from the enslavement of black people. It’s a terrible legacy to drag around, but we can work to get rid of our racist and discriminatory freight. I wonder what 2018 will bring, and to be honest, the sliver of light is just that, a tiny sliver – we’ve a long, long way to go. One of my new year wishes is that the Republicans lose in 2020 and the 46th president of the US is a black woman. Now that’s something to hold on to. Happy new year everyone, and as the chimes ring in 2018 let’s all ask ourselves what we can do to make things better.