Hey girlfriend, what are you wearing to the race war? Some sexy camouflage chaps, perhaps? A rainbow stripped Kevlar vest?
Wait, haven’t you heard? The National Organization for Marriage is sponsoring some big gay people vs black people thing. I hear it’s going to be all the rage. Like, literally, all of the rage.
How do I know this? Recently uncovered court documents outline, in writing, NOM’s national anti-gay marriage strategy to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks."
Now why would they want to do such a thing? Well, because gays and blacks happen to be "two key democratic constituencies." So, you know, it’s nothing personal. It’s just politics.
The document reads, "We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; to develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; and to provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician
wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party. Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key..."
Oh, how clever. How nice. Especially the "fanning the hostility" part. If there’s one thing America needs when it comes to the issue of race, it’s a hostility fan.
people are, for some reason, upset about this. One of those people is Julian
Bond, former chairman of the NAACP. During a recent interview with Anderson
Cooper, Bond said, "It's one of the most cynical things I've ever heard of or
seen spelled out in this way."
also decried the idea that "these people are just pawns that can be played
with, the black people who oppose gay marriage, and the black people who
support gay marriage, just can be moved around like pieces on a chessboard."
if I understand correctly, Bond is saying that black people don’t appreciate
being pawns and having their beliefs exploited? Huh. You’d think a group like
NOM, always so forward thinking and considerate of each person’s inherent
dignity, would have seen that coming.
is, of course, banking on the argument that some people make against calling
the fight for LGBT rights a civil rights movement. When Cooper asked about this
Bond said, "It is exactly the same. It's a right that all Americans have, and
no reason why gay and lesbian people ought not to have these rights, too. These
are universal rights."
is, obviously, proof that not all Black people are anti-gay. In fact, some
Black people are actually gay. Which means not all gay people are white. Which
makes this whole race war idea pretty convoluted.
it is worth noting that gay Americans are not immune to racial divisions. A
commentator on AmericaBlogGay wrote, "It's all good and well to pretend that
these divisions aren't there while the mainstream is watching, but those among
us who are black and gay know good and well that they are."
other words, yeah, it’s easy to point fingers at NOM’s indisputably racist
strategy, but let’s not allow NOM’s horribleness to keep us from seeing that
the fight against racism is no more a thing of the past than the fight against
Bond told the Human Rights Campaign, "NOM's underhanded attempts to divide
will not succeed if Black Americans remember their own history of
discrimination. Pitting bigotry's victims against other victims is
reprehensible; the defenders of justice must stand together."
course, NOM would be the first to declare themselves as the victims in this
rigmarole. And I’m sure this is all some kind of big misunderstanding. Hey,
some of NOM’s best friends are black! But definitely not gay.