I blogged a while ago about “Hamilton,” including a quote from the Broadway show’s writer Lin-Manuel Miranda that he made sure the cast was filled with minorities because it’s “the story of America then told by America now. It looks like America now.”
That quote came up again today, but for a terrible reason. It’s hard to type this when my hands keep forming fists. Mom already told me to stop telling her about it — it’s making her too mad and she won’t be able to sleep tonight.
Today I read a story about a stink being made over American Girl Magazine. When I was growing up, the bimonthly periodical was a staple for any girl conscious of “Y2K” but unable to see whether it happened because midnight was past her bedtime.
The publication printed a profile about a Amaya, a girl whose family started a charity called “Comfort Cases” that supplies foster children with toiletries and clothing. Why would anyone want to boycott that?
Well, the one photo of the entire family shows that Amaya has two dads. That naturally means the company, magazine and (worst of all) Amaya’s family became the target for conservative groups that would probably boycott Christmas carols based on the reference to “gay apparel” in “Deck the Halls.”
Amaya writes that “My parents feed us, love us, and give us everything kids in foster care dream of having someday.” These two men adopted her and her biological brother (along with two other children pictured in the magazine). They have a small farm in Maryland. They started a charity to help foster kids. But all that goes out the window for people, many of whom use religion as the basis for their prejudice, because they’re both men. Amaya’s parents demonstrate so much love for children — even those they don’t know — but the little bit they reserve for each other is considered “sinful,” ergo all their good work is out the window.
This shouldn’t a surprise anyone. What’s unsettling is that a large number of people, including “One Million Moms” (who boycotted JC Penney’s because they hired Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson), looked past the good that Amaya’s dads have done — which includes founding a charity called “that supplies foster children with bags of toiletries and clothing — and labeled their relationship, i.e. the foundation for all their good work, as sin.
Remember, the story printed by American Girl wasn’t about Amaya having two dads, but about her experience finding a loving home and starting a charity to help kids like her. That’s important to the point I made in the beginning with Miranda’s quote. Amaya didn’t write about her experience of having two dads because that’s what normal life is to her. That’s what America is to her — a place where gay couples can be good parents.
Here’s a question for each one of those “million moms” with their prayer books in a twist: If you’re so worried about your families, faith and values being shaken by the story of a girl growing up in a loving and giving household that just happens to be different from yours, how strong are your families, faith and values to begin with?