Rarely do things offend me, because I understand people are entitled to their opinions. It is only because of that freedom that I’m able to write and post my views for the world to see. How-ev-er….I am so tired of groups; political or otherwise comparing their contention to the historical plight of blacks, Negros, coloreds, afro-Americans, African Americans, or whatever it is they call us today.
I understand today’s movement to bring forth basic American rights for the homosexual community which heterosexuals are entitled to; but to say this movement is comparative to the Civil Rights Movement is brazen. For those who feel this is the same fight, might I remind you that;
-Being black cannot be hidden. People of the Civil rights movement did not have a chance to “come out” or “go public”. Black people were born “out”.
-I don’t recall any alternative lifestyle people being hosed down at peaceful rallies by the local police department and fire department.
-I still have not come across any restaurants or hotels with signs that read “Straight People Only”.
-Haven’t heard any stories of Gay people being beaten to death for whistling at straight people and;
-There are no laws which segregate gay people from straight people
My father who is only 63 years old grew up in North Carolina, unable to swim at the community pool because by law, it was not designated for Colored people. He had to read a sign before he could sip water from a public fountain because if that fountain was not designated for Colored people he had remain thirsty until he found one. Can you imagine how many public water fountains he had to pass up in the sweltering North Carolina heat just to quench his thirst?
The Gay Rights movement may be many things but it’s definitely NOT “the new black”.