There’s a post today written by Alvin McEwan of Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: (and cross-posted at Pam’s House Blend) entitled “The LGBT community should NOT sit this election out”.
Besides being the author of HBHM McEwan is also a board member of the SC Pride Movement and a member of SC Black Pride. Which to me makes this article even more disturbing because of it doesn’t show much PRIDE and FAITH in the LGBT community and in my opinion is nothing more than an apologist post for Barack Obama and a shill for post for the Democratic Party. But what makes it even worse is the fact that McEwan attacks the very fabric of why we have made what gains we have over the past 40 years and compares the LGBT community to a bunch of spoiled children.
Let me make this short and sweet. Any LGBT thinking of sitting this election out should think long and hard about whether it is a wise thing to do for the community. I say that on the basic principle that no American at any time should surrender his or her right to vote. Me as an African-American will never do that no matter how angry I feel…….
The LGBT community has had a wonderful year. Prop 8 was overturned, the Florida anti-gay adoption law is gone, the exposure of George Rekers opened so many’s eyes to religious right junk science, the nation rallied around our youth when those awful suicides took place, and this week will mark one year since LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation was signed into law. I have a serious problem reducing all of the positives of this year to one big minus simply because of DOMA and DADT…… (Alvin you forgot to mention ENDA and the Federal Benefits Act )
But mostly, I have a serious problem with our community getting so angry at what Obama didn’t accomplish that we ignore what we did accomplish. Please notice I said we as in the LGBT community and our allies……
This by no means is a defense of the Obama Administration or the Democrats, but an attack on how the LGBT community is yet again “reacting.”……..
We reacted because the police kept harassing us as Stonewall,
We reacted because Anita Bryant told those lies about us in the 70’s,
We reacted because of the AIDS crisis,
We reacted because of the Proposition 8 vote.
Our history seems to be a pattern of reacting. When you react, you lash out and are on the defensive. You are not in control of the situation because you are trying to rally yourself from whatever calamity that has been thrust upon you. And that has been our problem.
These are the “highlights” of McEwan’s article, which you can read in full cross-posted over at Pam’s House Blend
I’m just astonished that any LGBT person could write something like this. especially a person of color. I wonder if McEwan stopped to think where Black Civil Rights would be today if African Americans did not react in the 1960’s/ No Marches, no rallies, no Martin Luther King speeches. How far and fast do you think that battle for equal rights would have occurred if MLK just had meetings at the White House and the Black Community just voted and called Congress? .
But I suppose what galls me the most is his section about “reacting” where he brings up the Stonewall Riots, Anita Bryant(?), and Prop 8. Because he is totally off the mark, wrong and waaaaay out in left field.
If NOBODY reacted because the police kept harassing us as Stonewall, we’d all be hiding in dark bars still to this day.
If NOBODY reacted because Anita Bryant told those lies about us in the 70’s, Anti-gay adoption would have swept the US and not only have been contained to a few states.
If NOBODY reacted because of the AIDS crisis, Hundreds of thousands more of our brothers and sisters would be dead because Regan and the Government would have continued ignoring it.
If NOBODY reacted because of the Proposition 8 vote. There would have been no appeal by Olsen and Boies because our Gay Inc organizations DID NOT WANT to go that route.
If NOBODY reacted about the lack of movement on DADT we would probably still be waiting for something. Anything to happen.
“Reacting” has gotten us what little we have. That has is not the problem as McEwan states. If anything we need to keep reacting, exerting pressure, and in some cases openly embarrassing and attacking elected officials both Republican and Democrats because that is what leads getting elected officials moving because as we’ve seen over the past two years calling your Congressman just doesn’t seem to work.
The bottom line is that those of us who usually will go out on November 2nd and vote.. As we always do. We’ll drag our second class LGBT asses to the Polls and we’ll hold our noses and vote for the Democrats because we know Republicans are evil and Tea Party candidates are insane. and the Democrats suck less (The Dem’s NEW slogan this year)
As for McEwan trying to rally the LGBT Community to vote by attacking us, our fight and our history is unacceptable and truly insulting and is also helping to set up the LGBT community to take the fall if polling numbers are down and the Democrats get slaughtered in the mid-term. Because lets be real here. The LGBT Community are not the only people disillusioned by the Democrats over the past two year, and if we actually had the voting power to swing an election do you think that we’d be in the position we are in now.
McEwan does his own community a great disservice by laying this falsely at our feet. Because in the end if the Democrats lose the midterm elections they have nobody else to blame but themselves for thier spineless leadership, and gutless political stand against the Republicand and the Tea Party