My last blog post was long and rambling, so I'll try to condense it down:
The NAACP of Cincinnati has hired Chris Finney to be their Director of Legal Redress, despite his conservative and anti-gay history. The national NAACP, the local NAACP, and the local chairperson (Christopher Smitherman) have, in the past, been in general support of LGBT rights in the city and in the country as a whole.
Thus, QueerCincinnati.com's take on the whole situation is thus: Why Chris Finney?
I think it's a fair question, considering Finney's history as a conservative firebrand quick to shout an opponent down and do anything to win a campaign. Are we appealing to what people believe as "central Cincinnati conservativism," does it indicate a shift to a more aggressive local NAACP, or does the pick indicate the NAACP, locally, is moving away from its progressive roots to move more within the conservative halls of the local body politic?
And where does that leave the relationship between the local NAACP and local gay rights organizations?
In short: Why Chris Finney? Totally reasonable to ask, IMHO.
There, much better. It helps to write everything down in one sitting instead of coming back to it a couple of times.
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