Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Response to a Gay Racist Diatribe

The following is my response to a racist posting on the Independent Gay Forum website.  You can read the posting here since I won't allow racist crap on my blog.
Allow me to call this posting exactly what it is: racist garbage that has no place in the movement for LGBT equality. Queers have no right to expect support if we don't give it. And, frankly, my dear, I see far more black people actively supporting the fight for marriage equality than I do white gay people organizing to fight against racism.

It's time to drop this whole "blame other people because we don't have rights" crap. The cold, hard truth is that the LGBT movement is a movement unlike any previous movement and I mean that in a bad sense. We are a passive, astroturf (fake grassroots) movement that ignores the lessons previous movements have taught us on how to win. Black people did not undo 100 years of Jim Crow segregation by responding to monthly "action alert" emails or by voting for this or that party. They marched, they sat in, they organized, they refused to let anything less than equality satisfy them, often at the expense of their own lives.

On the other hand, most (certainly not all) LGBT people have been completely satisfied sitting on our asses and letting "professional" nonprofitistas fight our battles for us. Most LGBT people are so out of touch with the LGBT movement that they can't even formulate an analysis and criticism of Gay Inc's strategies. It's always "blame the Republicans, blame the blacks, blame [insert scapegoat here]." The fact that many white LGBT people are so quick to blame the blacks for their loss while having no consciousness of the weak and ineffective perspectives and strategies "our" leaders use over and over again is a testament to the racism that permeates the LGBT community as well as a fundamental misunderstanding of how social change takes place. That's also the reason why, 42 years after the Stonewall Rebellion, we have no comprehensive LGBT rights legislation. If LGBT people aren't willing to fight for their rights, they have no right to criticize others for not doing so.

Solidarity. Look it up in a dictionary.

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