There’s some trend bucking in Baltimore, where a group of black activists have come out for gay marriage. Under the leadership of Elbridge James (pictured), the Maryland Black Family Alliance will push their peers to join the call for gay civil rights. Says James:
There’s a scarcity of information on this issue in the black community. The black press doesn’t cover it; talk radio doesn’t cover it. … We have this sort of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell policy’ in our community.
As James talks gay rights, others question the parallels between gay and black social movements. Politico pastor Emmett C. Burns Jr objects to the correlation:
I get really bent out of shape when you talk about gay and lesbian rights as a civil rights issue. Whites can hide their gayness; I cannot hide my blackness.
First, that’s not always true. Second, did Burns just imply that all gays are white?!
Bravo to the Maryland Black Family Alliance which is joining a growing list of groups of people of color such as the California NAACP who see that bigotry is bigotry and reject the professional victimhood of people like Burns. I’m sure the latter says things like, “Gays were never slaves.” No, but he overlooks several things: 1. some Black slaves brought to America were sold into slavery by Blacks from other tribes in Africa; 2. Some Blacks in Africa still practice slavery; 3. Slavery was outlawed in the US more than a century ago; 4. It is no longer illegal to fire people in the US because of their race, or refuse to serve them or sell/rent them a house, let them sit where they want on buses, in restaurants, movie theatres, etc., but in 30 states someone can legally use another being gay to deny him/her all of those things; 5. Blacks can marry whomever they want of the opposite gender but in only one state is it legal for gays to marry.
Too bad the great Coretta Scott King isn’t still around to remind Rev. Burns of such things, nor the great gay Black icon Bayard Rustin to inform him as he did others before he passed:
“The barometer of where one is on human rights questions is no longer the black community, it’s the gay community. Because it is the community which is most easily mistreated. â€¦ the question to ask is, ‘What about gay people?’ Because that is now the litmus paper by which this democracy is to be judged.” â€“ Bayard Rustin
Afrolito, thanks for reminding us how willingly stupid some people can be by accusing others of saying things they never did. What time is the next Professional Victims meeting?