Radical/Progressive Queer News and Commentary
from Memphis, Tennessee
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Pres. Obama Speaks against Anti-Gay Discrimination in Civil Rights Speech
President Obama gave a stirring emotional speech to the NAACP today at the 100th convention of the oldest civil rights organization in the U.S.
Obama expanded his message of equal rights beyond the black communities. He said many Americans still face discrimination. Racism, he said, is felt "by African-American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and gender. By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country. By Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion for simply kneeling down to pray. By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights."
He wasn't booed, and got a lot of applause, so at least the African-Americans at the NAACP understand that racism is not the only form of discrimination and African-Americans are not the only group fighting for their civil rights. He was echoing the words of MLK, that injustice against anyone is an injustice against all.
Well, not everyone understand MLK's vision of civil rights. Some still think that "civil rights" = BLACK rights.
Many of us are perplexed by LZ Granderson's column on CNN today, Gay is Not the New Black Black gays are not upset with Obama's lack of progress on his campaign promises to LGBT people, so gay whites should not attack Obama? Gay rights should not be compared to (black) civil rights?