Thursday, May 7, 2009

Black Social Conservatives

I have no idea who the author of the blog is (though I hear its someone, well, rather important), but a friend sent over the link expressing that I might be interested in the first posting from "LG" over at Black Social Conservatives:
I stand with President Obama on this issue. Members of the G.L.B.T. should have the right to will property to one another, cover each other on their insurance plans and see each other in the hospital through the avenues of "civil unions". However, the majority of African-American citizens in the U.S.A. oppose gay marriage for various reasons, as evident by the number of gay marriage bans passed by individual states, including my home state of Ohio. Further, many African-American citizens like myself are offended when the gay community compares the Civil Rights Movement to the so-called "Gay Rights Movement." I want to make sure I'm clear: the Civil Rights Movement and the "Gay Rights Movement" are not even close to being on the same level. African-Americans cannot control what color they are. People in the G.L.B.T. community can, however, control who they sleep with. I'm not saying that people in the G.L.B.T. community can not sleep with who they want to sleep with; what I'm saying is that the G.L.B.T. community should not push homosexual activity as being socially acceptable on the African-American community. I, for one, am tired of the G.L.B.T. community attempting to exploit the blood, sweat & tears shed by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement for the purpose of promoting gay marriage. How about you?
Let me say this very clearly for the people in the back rows to hear: just because the majority of a population supports something does not make it right. That's all I have to say on the subject, really, for now.

I'm curious to know what you think.

And, yes, there was another posting here. It's gone now. 'Nuff said.


Jazmine said...

It's just fucking ignorant. This is their first post...? "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Simple as that.

Also, black people can control the color of their skin: Michael Jackson. Black people: go out and fix your unnatural skin behavior and become socially acceptable.

I kid because I love :)

Wolfie said...

Here's a bit of info.

LG is Tracy Gragston, Jr. works for the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. He is also The Enviromental Justice Board Head of the Cincinnati NAACP and guess what?

Its becoming quite obvious that he and Chris Smitherman, have joined together with Republican Council candidate Charlie Winburn and Republican political operative Chris Finney in a not-so-transparent attempt to persuade Black Democrats to vote for Republicans. So Smitherman can gain more power in the city.

Mark my words.

Wolfie said...

Just so everyone know I am doing my best to bite my tounge in this.

But considering that this NEW "Black Social Conservative" Movement is being pushed by the leaders of the NAACP in Cincinnati and the fact that they are tying in the African American Community to such groups as the GOP, COAST and even the CCV through religion its a very dangerous and very bad spot for the GLBT Community to be in Cincinnati.

The GLBT Community is going to have to deal with this actively. A passive state is going to be very damaging but also an overtly agressive statement will be twisted into "racism"

My only comment right now is that Equality Cinci, Imoact Cinci and Equality Ohio better work together and make a move on this SOON. If momentum grows and the African American Community does back the GOP you might as well all give up and move to New England.

Jere Keys said...

I hate engaging in "battle of the oppressed" debates. It plays into the divisive wedge politics of conservatives and reinforces stereotypes. As for the comparing the queer civil rights movement to the black civil rights movement - Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (co-founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock) said it best - when we travel different but parallel paths, sometimes we borrow from one another... this may be what some call appropriation, but I'm not so sure that it is not also appropriate.

This commentary that you quoted was filled with misinformation, such as: the widely disputed notion that sexuality is as simple as making a choice; that African-Americans are more likely that any other ethnic group to disapprove of homosexuality (once you account for differences in education and religiosity, there is no measurable difference); or the offensive straight-washing of the black civil rights movement that doesn't account for Lorraine Hansbury, Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Ron Oden, and Bayard Rustin.