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Thursday, January 24, 2013

The president's linking gay rights and civil rights movement reveals divide in black community

In my mind, it makes perfect sense to link these movement. Black people do not have the market cornered when it comes to civil rights and the fight for equality.

Obama linking Selma to Stonewall divides the black community

From the piece:

The reason that many African Americans, especially those male ministers who profess to have marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., scoff at likening today's LGBTQ civil rights struggle to the black civil rights struggle is the persistence of racism in the lives of black people and the scarcity of gains accomplished in racial and socioeconomic equality. They expected more gains under the first African-American president, and they contend that civil rights gains have come faster for LGBTQ Americans, whose fight for equality only truly kicked off with the Stonewall riots of not-so-distant 1969. And many African Americans, both straight and LGBTQ, will argue that those gains owe much to the structural and cultural exclusion of people of color in the LGBTQ movement. The LGBTQ movement has no doubt made some tremendous gains, a reality that has not been afforded to African Americans, leaving many of them asking (especially after hearing President Obama's second inaugural address the issue), "What's really in this American dream for us?" Many African-American ministers try to answer that question by coming out either for or against Obama's stance on marriage equality.

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