Stapletonians Easily Relate to 2014’s Stories of Bigotry and Triumph

bigotry and triumph2014 has been a year where Americans have really had to look at our history of bigotry and hate, and decide whether we are okay staying with the status quo or if we are ready to move forward as progressive thinkers. Of course, gay rights and gay marriage have come out big winners so far in 2014, with several states legalizing gay marriage within the last year (Iowa was the second state to do this in 2009—yes, Iowa. More recently, professional basketball player Jason Collins and SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sams have admitted to being homosexual, with little to no backlash from past, present, or future teammates. So, maybe mainstream America is over the whole “gay thing” and we are finally moving beyond discriminating against someone for their sexuality. Glad to see that’s over. The NFL is going to ban the use of the most racist term one could use (albeit, the rule was completely decided by rich white guys, although not the same group of rich white guys that know what’s best for a woman’s body. That’s a totally different group of rich white guys). 12 Years a Slave won best picture on Sunday, which is a film about the struggles of a free black man sold into slavery. So, black people, we’re cool, right? Finally, marijuana has been legalized here in Colorado and in Washington State, with other states looking to do the same. Not even potheads need to hide in the shadows anymore as weed is becoming more socially acceptable. So, in what seems to be a changing of the guard when it comes to how mainstream Americans historically view hot button topics, why is it that Stapletonians aren’t necessarily feeling the love. “Hey, I’m happy for the gays and the blacks and the pot heads,” said resident Luke Tracy. “But, their plight is not much different than what I and most Stapletonians face every day.” Tracy mentions that he feels that he can’t live down the Stapleton stigma. “People will assume I think I am better than them, or joke about me having a lot of money. Maybe it’s just jokes, but it’s one of those things where I think it is okay if another Stapleton person says it to you, but it really isn’t acceptable when someone outside Stapleton says it.” Other Stapleton residents agree. “Anytime you tell someone you live in Stapleton, you definitely get weird looks,” says Kate McAllister. “I’ve heard people say things like, ‘go back to Stapleton,’ or ‘stay in your own neighborhood.’ It’s pretty hurtful.” Residents will often hear people making Stapleton jokes around them before people realize they are from Stapleton. “I may be out downtown with work folks and someone will make a snide comment about Stapleton,” said resident Cael Morris. “Then, just to make them feel crappy I let everyone know I live in Stapleton. It usually gets quiet and awkward, but I want people to know that I don’t think it is okay to say discriminatory things.” Society may be another decade or so away from accepting Stapletonians, as these things take time. However, with the way things have gone in 2014, maybe residents will begin to hear less and less negative comments. Hopefully, things will be a little easier on the next generation of Stapletonians. ]]>

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  1. People look down at Stapleton residents (I live in Stapleton) because of comments some of you make. As a resident myself, I find myself being offended by some of your articles and comments made. As I have said before, Some of you need to be careful because you will drown looking up too high.

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