The International Gay War on Black People
The most blatant contempt toward black Americans I've seen recently has come from none other than the organized leadership of the LGBT lobby.
Donnie McClurkin, an award-winning musician, was supposed to perform at the fiftieth anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march on Washington. McClurkin is a black Christian who has come forward with an inspiring life story. He was molested as a boy and developed homosexual behaviors, possibly as a result of the trauma. Later his faith helped him to overcome his homosexual desires and live a more biblical life.
Under pressure from gay power activists in Washington such as Phil Pannel, the mayor of Washington, D.C., Vincent Gray, decided to drop McClurkin from the concert. McClurkin was humiliated. LGBT activists felt that someone who had called homosexuality a "sin" could not perform at a concert commemorating the life and work of a black Christian reverend.
There has been a string of global clashes between LGBT activists and black Christians -- not only in the U.S., but abroad. African-American Christian Angela McCaskill nearly lost her job at Gallaudet University for signing a petition about gay marriage, even though it wasn't clear that she was signing in protest against it.
Crystal Dixon was an African-American administrator in Toledo who authored a rebuttal against someone who'd accused the University of Toledo of economic discrimination against homosexual couples. Dixon said, "I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are 'civil rights victims.' Here's why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman." She went on to clarify the illegitimacy of the economic comparison:
Economic data is irrefutable: The normative statistics for a homosexual in the USA include a Bachelor's degree: For gay men, the median household income is $83,000/yr. (Gay singles $62,000; gay couples living together $130,000), almost 80% above the median U.S. household income of $46,326, per census data. For lesbians, the median household income is $80,000/yr. (Lesbian singles $52,000; Lesbian couples living together $96,000); 36% of lesbians reported household incomes in excess of $100,000/yr. Compare that to the median income of the non-college educated Black male of $30,539. The data speaks for itself.
Dixon's point is particularly important to keep in mind when we consider the case of Edie Windsor, who was the plaintiff in the DOMA case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in late June. Windsor, a white lesbian, sued because her lesbian partner's estate amounted to $3.5 million, as Patrick Deneen has pointed out. Not content with this gargantuan estate, Windsor won her legal case and is now set to receive $360,000 more.
Crystal Dixon was fired from her job; she sued and lost her case.
Julea Ward was a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University. She asked to refer a client to a different counselor, based on the fact that her religious beliefs disallowed her from affirming an unchaste homosexual relationship. As Jeremy Tedesco points out:
Her objection is to providing counseling on certain topics, not to counseling any particular group.
So the claim that Julea refused to see clients who identified as gay is patently false.
The actual facts are that Julea faced a values conflict when a potential client sought counseling about a homosexual relationship. Recognizing the likely values conflict with the client, she asked her professor whether she should refer him before any meeting took place and was instructed to do so. But the University charged Julea with "imposing values" on the potential client, and disobeying ethical rules that apply to counselors. It then expelled her from the program, even though she was a stellar student who was carrying a 3.91 GPA.
She won her case, but only after fighting tooth and nail. Ward, Dixon, McCaskill, and McClurkin can join up with Roland Martin, the African-American CNN correspondent who was suspended for "offensive" tweets about David Beckham posing in his underwear.
What is the ideology of the LGBT lobby, by the way? And why does it seem to clash so incessantly with the views of black people, who are -- with the notable exception of Jason Collins, Barack Obama, and Obama's die-hard followers -- unimpressed with the comparison between their lives and the claims of the LGBT lobby?
People who love the same sex come with many different agendas and experiences. The peculiar ideology of the LGBT lobby, however, seems fashioned perfectly to inflame the rage and resistance of African-Americans. First, the ideology is based on biological determinism. The repeated appeals to the Fourteenth Amendment depend upon the notion that homosexuals are born with their orientation in the same way black people are born with dark skin. This isn't the most inviting way to start a comparison: "Hi, I'm a guy who loves playing with other men's genitals, and that's just like you being black!"
There is an added dimension to this dangerous form of essentialism, however. The LGBT lobby is driven by the belief that people whom they classify as "born homosexuals" must engage in the actual acts of sexual gratification with the same sex, or there is something wrong with them. Within this logic, it is impossible to go from homosexual activity to non-homosexual activity. So convinced are LGBT activists of this rejection of free will and self-control that they have moved to make it illegal in California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts for counselors to help minors cease or avoid sexual activities with the same sex.
The LGBT lobby also demands that same-sex couples have the right to be parents. Here is where the movement becomes utterly irreconcilable with black history, regardless of how much Melissa Harris-Perry may enjoy her repartee with Thomas Roberts. For same-sex couples to become parents, they must purchase children. They won't call it that, of course. But buying sperm from a sperm-bank or renting a woman's womb both entail the exchange of money for ownership of a child. The state is then embroiled in the arrangement as an enforcer of the contract, compelling the child and third parties to respect the authority of two adults, one or both of whom are unrelated to the child, and both of whom came into possession of a dependent human being through money. (Those high incomes that Crystal Dixon pointed out among gay couples come in handy.)
How does this sound for a race of people who came out of slavery? Do you think it makes sense to tell black people, who were treated as chattel and stereotyped as savages incapable of self-control, that they ought to jump on board?
Has it ever occurred to the LGBT lobby's loudmouths that they are fighting for segregation, not against it, so they shouldn't be comparing themselves to blacks fighting Jim Crow at all? After all, to fight for same-sex marriage means that the state endorses the creation of separate estates for male/male and female/female couples, with restricted access to property. Old marriage laws ensured gender diversity within households; same-sex marriage drives men and women into ghettoized enclaves.
Laws against miscegenation were based on the idea that whites were born to mate with whites and not with blacks -- so why is racial history being cited by a lobby that thinks gays were born to mate with the same sex and not the opposite sex (orientation-mixing, which they view as unnatural and even want to outlaw in California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey?).
It is notable that the LGBT lobby seems to flop wherever there are a lot of black people, with the notable exceptions of South Africa and Brazil. During Castro's early governance in Cuba, he viewed homosexuality as a decadent capitalist excess and threw gay men like Reinaldo Arenas in prison camps. The largely Afro-Hispanic Dominican Republic threw a fit when Barack Obama named a board member of the Human Rights Campaign to be ambassador to Santo Domingo. In the Francophone Caribbean, the resistance to France's gay marriage law is much more severe than in France itself.
In his recent visits to Senegal and Kenya, Barack Obama tried to push greater privileges for LGBT people. He was met with surprising rebukes from both nations. Where African leaders have resisted pressure from the U.S. to impose LGBT ideology on their societies, lawyers have kicked into gear and tried to bring international law down on them, as was evident in the recent decision by Judge Michael Posner that a white Christian minister in the United States can be prosecuted for preaching against homosexuality in Uganda. Moreover, an Anglican bishop from Malawi, Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, was chosen to be the dean of Dartmouth College's William Jewett Tucker Foundation, but his appointment was rescinded because he spoke out against the consecration of an openly gay man as Episcopalian bishop of New Hampshire.
The gay lobby's activists typically try to portray black people who object to homosexual activity as bigots and ignorant fools. In fact, it's the LGBT lobby that relies on glossy contradictions that don't make sense. For instance, what makes a gay person gay? Can anybody criticize homosexual conduct while still not rejecting the human being engaging in the conduct? Black Christians have much more thoughtful answers to those questions than do the screaming activists who want to get people fired and dictate what counselors should tell their patients to do.
As a descendant of Puerto Rican slaves, I find the general recurring attitude of the LGBT movement toward black people disrespectful and offensive. Donnie McClurkin should be respected for his inspirational role at a concert for Martin Luther King, Jr. Educated, successful African-American women like Julea Ward, Crystal Dixon, and Angela McCaskill should be shown the respect they deserve. African bishops should be respected for their erudition. Unlike the criminals and ruffians that Bill O'Reilly keeps talking about, these black targets of LGBT racism are educated, sophisticated, and hardworking. I hope that Americans who care about healing racial division will stand by them.
Robert Oscar Lopez edits English Manif.