The Evening Post: Last Week Tonight Talks About LGBT Discrimination


Geek Alabama Evening Post

If you have not noticed yet, I have decided to take a break this week.  For starters, it feels great outside with the much lower humidity, it won’t last!  And two, next week is the beginning of September, and there will be a lot to talk about!  So I am doing only Evening Posts this week.  And tonight, enjoy John Oliver’s latest segment where he talks about LGBT discrimination.  For sure, it is happening here in Alabama too, and it needs to stop!

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A Young Girl Was Kicked Out Of A KFC Because She Looked Different, This Is Wrong


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UPDATE:  A investigation found that this story never happened at a KFC.  The Facebook page has been taken down.  I hope the family will refund the money raised on the Go Fund Me page, and maybe the grandmother needs to be charged with lying.

I am sure everyone has heard of this story by now, and since it happened in Mississippi, it is in our territory.  In Jackson Mississippi, a 3-year-old girl named Victoria was attacked by 3 pit bulls in April.  The 3 dogs involved were put down immediately by the owner. Victoria had bites all over her body but the most damage was to her face. She had a broken upper and lower jaw, broken nose, cheek bones and right eye socket. She lost her right eye completely and the ability to move the right side of her face. Surgeons have reconstructed her bottom jaw but can’t do anymore surgeries until she grows new bone in her face due to the fact that the broken pieces are to small to piece together.

Victoria is on a feeding tube and her grandmother took her to a KFC last week and got some mashed potatoes with gravy and some sweet tea.  Soon after sitting down, an employee at that KFC told the grandmother and daughter to leave because her scars scared customers.  Yeah, this really happened.  Victoria cried all the way home, and the grandmother was so angry, she wrote this on their Facebook page including the picture below.

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“Does this face look scary to you?  Last week at KFC in Jackson MS this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners. I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing the CEO.”

Soon after that was posted, the story went viral.  Thousands of people liked the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page.  And many people talked about how the employees at the KFC location should not have discriminated against the girl, and the child should be treated like any other person!  Soon after the report came out, KFC spokesman Rick Maynard came out with this statement.

“As soon as we were notified of this report on Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC. Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria’s family and are committed to assisting them. The company is making a $30,000 donation to assist with her medical bills. The entire KFC family is behind Victoria.”

At least KFC has done the right thing here and is helping the family, and punishing the employees responsible for treating this young girl with disrespect.  Even another KFC franchise in Mississippi is going to treat the family to a big picnic!  But there is a bigger problem here, and it’s something I experience quite often.  Because I have an disability, and act different, some people treat me like I am a bad person, things are so bad someone actually called the police on me when I was doing nothing wrong.  You can read about my experience by clicking here.

Today, more and more people are judging other people based on first impressions/looks without taking the time to talk to that person and getting to know that person. People in America have become too judgmental, and it’s contributing to the downfall of America!  Quit basing and judging others on first looks or impressions, and talk to that person and get to know them!  Victoria still has many surgeries and therapies to go, but she is still a sweet young lady.  I am afraid some people are going to judge her based on first looks, without actually taking the time to get to know her.  It is happening to me, and sadly, it’s going to happen to Victoria as well.

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the I Have A Dream Speech


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Today was the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. speech I Have A Dream.  No doubt, lots has changed in the last 50 years between whites and blacks.  Everyone has the right to vote, everyone is treated equally, and everyone has the freedom to do anything they want.  That’s why America is awesome!  50 years ago, blacks and other colored people in Alabama were mistreated.  They had to go to separate bathrooms, restaurants, water fountains, and even buses.  Several officials and leaders were so determined to keep colored people out, they stood in front of schoolhouse doors and anywhere else to keep the south in its discriminatory ways.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was very influential in pressuring officials in Washington D.C. to change the laws so everyone would be treated equally.  Dr. King got many people of all skin colors to lead a march to Washington D.C.  And on August 28, 1963, Dr. King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered an epic speech!  If you have not seen the I Have A Dream speech, please take the time and watch it.

Dr. King urged Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act, and America changed forever!  Today, leaders came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the I Have A Dream Speech.  And while I was watching some of the speeches, I was wondering if America has changed for the better, or do we still have some work to do.  First off, what if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was never assassinated?  Would America be different today?  Dr. King’s last speech before he was killed was a moving speech.

Today, all colored people have the same rights as white people do.  It took Alabama a long time to heal after the Civil Rights Act was passed and signed.  Sadly, there are still some people living in Alabama and other states today that are still racist to colored people.  And it’s not just blacks; its Hispanics, Asians, and other colors too.  Some great examples would be the Alabama Legislature passing the Illegal Immigration Bill or HB 56 which did not solve anything.

Today, it’s not just people being discriminatory against other people’s skin color.  People are discriminated against if they are homosexual, or if they have a disability.  Now, it’s not everyone doing it and I know that.  It’s just some people will never accept anyone who is different or thinks differently.  If Dr. King was still alive today, would he be satisfied or disgusted over our society today?  I believe he would be somewhat disgusted.

Our society can still live the dream from Dr. King’s speech.  People needs to accept others who are different, from skin color, homosexuality belief, and even disability.  These people can not change their ways.  How can someone be cured from a permanent disability?  Or how could someone be cured from thinking about homosexuality and being gay?  I am thankful to see those gay conversion camps being shut down.  No one should force anyone to change their views about life!

Society has improved since the 1960’s and you don’t see police officers going around and beating people who have a different skin color.  I would rather live in today’s society than the society from the 1960’s.  But, we can still improve our society today, it’s just going to take some education my friends.  As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say it, we need to have some righteousness.