Thursday, February 9, 2012
Assults on the LGBT Community
In recent days, we have heard and seen surges of attacks both vocally and physically of LGBT persons. First, we read about the tweet from Ronald Martin during the Superbowl which asserted that if a man was to get excited about a pair of underwear, he should be smacked. Martin days later would be suspended from CNN for his tweet after pressure from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.) Later the same week, we saw a young, presumably gay black male, viciously assaulted outside of a corner store in southwest Atlanta. The FBI and Atlanta police are investing.
While I don't believe the two are remotely connected, both have raised national attention again on the treatment of LGBT people and specifically in the African American community. First, It is no secret that hatred is spoken from the pulpit in churches across the country every Sunday. I never understood how Christians and some pastors can make Jesus, a man who walked amongst with the most oppressed of people, to be construed into a Jesus that hates a certain sect of people. Second, It is unfortunate that it took these recent events to create dialogue again about one of the many problems plaguing the black community. We have come too far as a people to let something as small as one's sexual orientation be the achilles heel of our progress in this country. Especially when LGBT have and continue to have an influence on this country and the world. In short, we cannot ask for full acceptance as many people are set in their ways and beliefs but tolerance is a first step towards changing the mindset of a well-known journalist and a couple of "low life thugs."