compulsory christianity, heterosexuality, & why i can’t listen to the radio in my mama’s car.

part of this comes from dark daughta’s post on a particular video, the other part from having the distinct (dis)pleasure of listening to the “single & saved” radio program on my way home from my mom’s last night. i don’t like the idea that i have to be christian to be okay or a person of faith any more than i like the idea that i have to be white to be beautiful. i think that as i’ve aged & explored more of the world, i’ve gotten into a habit of questioning more things that have always been considered necessary by virtue of being long-standing. through this questioning i’ve been labeled a trouble making man hating feminist, a non-practicing lesbian, an untrue queer woman & heaven only knows what else. because i refuse to stick to one thing once i gain clarity. i question the answers too, even if i don’t verbalize my inquiries. sooooooo, that brings me around to a few questions:

am i so programmed, that i don’t know what oppression sounds like even when it comes to a song i like?
is the christian movement against queerness (especially amongst black americans) the result of a genuine understanding of homosexuality as a sin, or is it because the religion tends to describe heterosexuality & breeding as the purpose of humankind? short answer: yes. when ppl aren’t hetero, they aren’t breeding. when women aren’t fawning over men & actively trying to be sheep that renders the men useless. the bible, in my opinion, defines human beings as here for roughly three purposes: serving god, breeding, and suffering until we get to heaven.
is it even possible for me to, once i start to deconstruct things that are oppressive at the root, to simply dig a song/ tv program/ movie? will everything strike me as possibly/ probably racist/ heterosexist/ homophobic?

(more later)

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is akon trying to be deep?

the video:

the lyrics:
Life come and go
So let the history be told
We’re all out here
Hustlin’ to make our way
And while you’re stumblin’ and fallin’ (stumblin’ and fallin’)
Why don’t you pick yourself up now (pick yourself up now)
You see we all out here
Working day by day

So tell me
How can we work it out
On that day when its time to share the gold at the end of the rainbow
How can we work it out
When good and evil meet
The day you kiss his feet
Cause it will soon come

You soon lose track of which way is up when you’re always being put down (being put down)
You gotta be strong and do what you feel in your heart
Regardless of who’s around (regardless of who’s around)
I know it might seem bold
But thats all we have (all we have)
Many centuries and we’re steady getting old
Clutchin’ on to what we never had

Sooo
How can we work it out
On that day when its time to share the gold at the end of the rainbow
(how can we) How can we work it out (how can we)
When good and evil meet
The day you kiss his feet
Cause it will soon come

How can we work it out
On that day when its time to share the gold at the end of the rainbow (share the gold)
How can we work it out
When good and evil meet
The day you kiss his feet
Cause it will soon come

How can we work it out (dada)
Dodo (how can we work it out)
How can we work it out (dada)
Dodo ohhhh (dada)
How can we work it out (dodo)
Da da How can we work it out (dodo)
(everybody sing along with me)

How can we work it out
On that day when its time to share the gold at the end of the rainbow (that pot of gold)
How can we work it out
When good and evil meet
The day you kiss his feet
Cause it will soon come (yeah)

How can we work it out
On that day when its time to share the gold at the end of the rainbow (that pot of gold)
How can we work it out
When good and evil meet
The day you kiss his feet
Cause it will soon come (soon come)

How can we work it out (work it out, work it out, work it out…)

knowing this man’s popular singles/ collaborations, my eyebrow is raised. yes, i know he goes home to the continent & i know he helps folks & I KNOW about the humanitarian shit.

but i wonder why this single hasn’t blown all the way the fuck up.
hmmmmmm.