The Tip of a Massive Iceberg

If you opened your wallet to watch The Avengers you aren’t alone. As of Tuesday June 19th, The comic book mash-up of Marvel’s most beloved non-X-men Characters has grossed $1,421,027,710. It’s so much money that it’s hard to comprehend.

A BILLION AND A HALF.

Not since 1989, or as I call it “The Summer Of Batman” has a movie been so perfectly targeted at a summer audience. Curiously, The Avengers quickly jumped beyond its target demographic, making it’s way into previous unheard of age brackets.

The Avengers is a SuperHero movie that even grandmothers have gone to see.

Even if it won’t be the best comic book movie to play in theaters this summer, it will be several summers before we stop comparing blockbusters to The Avengers.

Much like many of the other 12 movies that have grossed over a billion dollars, The Avengers is a cultural benchmark that shapes how we think, act, and talk.

And that shouldn’t be surprising, considering who brought the film to life.

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Taking Your Name Back

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The long awaited divorce of Courtney and David Arquette has finally been booked. Both parties amicably filed the necessary papers this week, each set of documents mirroring the other in all but one regard:

Courteney Cox Arquette is asking for her name back.

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The Price Tag Of Honor

There is a long history of racial hurt in the world.  This week, soccer fans from Russia and Poland clashed after their teams played to a 1-1 tie.  The fighting wasn’t about sport, it was about the generational anger that has grown out of Russia’s history of oppression over the Poles.

In America we often see race as a White Vs. Black issue,
yet prejudice sees more than just two colors globally.

I believe that our oversimplification of racial issues demonstrates a self-centered approach to societal justice; we tend to believe that our racial issues are the biggest.

Our selfish oversimplification of prejudice also leaks into our responses to racial clashes doesn’t it?  Too often we make equality the responsibility of the oppressed, asserting that things will change for the better when people begin to “stand up for themselves”.  But when we narrow our focus onto simplistic answers we often set ourselves up for failure.

For instance, we often talk about the beauty of living in a “colorblind society”, a culture where race makes no difference because we simply refuse to acknowledge our differences.  Instead of treating others the way that we would like to be treated, we hope to treat them as if they actually are “the same as us.” But doesn’t this type of thinking lead to a watering-down of humanity for the sake of a stale homogeny born from denial?

Can there truly be racial and cultural equity when each person is called to give up their cultural or personal history?

I’ve learned from my own personal failures that human reconciliation, between people of any color, actually begins as we acknowledge our responsibility to stand up for the rights of others.

In much the same way, the reconciliation of people groups begins when people are willing to acknowledge the unique and beautiful differences in one another, and then make efforts to honor them with their words and actions.

When we won’t do this, don’t we leave marginalized or oppressed groups to stand up for themselves?

 

What if the key to justice isn’t expecting that others stand up for their rights?

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