Little Richard was my favourite Rock ‘n’ Roll singer. The power of his performances blew me away when I stumbled across him as a twelve year old. He had a style that was unique and seminal. He made Elvis look tame.
That pompadour was something else!
However, I was a little unsure what I might find when I began to delve for a few quotes. I thought it might just be a lot of religious tosh. But I was surprised. This is a man who has lived, loved and travelled the world. He has tasted the fruits of success but also the bitter taste of discrimination, failure and fear. Little Richard’s lifestyle of orgies and religion seems to sum up a lot of the dilemma in American society of reconciling all the many aspects of what it is to be human. Suppression creates extremes.
But men are so full of greed today, they’ll sell anything for a little piece of money.
That is the trouble. They are selling the planet for a song. There is no morality or scruples. We are being dragged along by businessmen who see everything in terms of cash. Every tree, animal and person is only worth the money that can be squeezed out of them. Logging, mining, exploitation…… nothing matters.
Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they’ve ever been is kicked.
Discrimination against gays is disgusting. Live and let live is my motto. Someone’s sexual orientation is nobody else’s business.
I don’t think a woman has to act like a man to show that she has strength.
Sadly, too many do. What we really need is an equality. If all our governments, boards and positions of power were 50% female we would have a better world. Women bring civilised sensibilities, empathy and compassion to bear. It is a great shame that many people seem to gravitate towards strength and black and white decisions – like we get with Trump – instead of a more nuanced, caring approach. Yet time after time it is the strong leaders that cause all the problems.
It was a way out of poverty. It was a way to success. It was a way to education. And it was a way to a brighter day for me.
When you come from a position in society where you have been poorly educated and discriminated against there aren’t too many ways out. Sport and entertainment have provided a route for many. Let’s hope we can build a world where they aren’t the only outlets. People need to be recognised for their ability not their colour or gender.
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