SF Pride Issues ANOTHER BS Statement In The Bradley Manning Debacle, Denies Activists Free Speech

Will Kohler

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  1. Glenn Stehle says:

    How did the Pride SF board, a small group of people who are so patently incompetent and immoral, get into leadership positions?

    Hannah Arendt, in “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” discusses the phenomenon. Blame for the moral depravity of folks like Currie and Williams should not be laid solely at their own feet, she asserts, but also at the feet of structural causes.

    Using Arendt’s classifications, we could dub people like Currie and Williams variously “excepton queers,” “court queers,” or “parvenu queers.” “As long as defamed peoples and classes exist,” Arendt writes, “parvenu- and pariah- qualities will be produced anew by each generation with incomparable monotony, in Jewish society and everywhere else.”

    The denunciation of Marx by rich Jews, Arendt continues, “cannot be properly understood except in the light of this conflict between rich Jews and Jewish intellectuals.” Jews felt “the parvenu’s bad conscience at having betrayed his people and exchanged equal rights for personal privileges.”

    “The ‘exception Jews’ of wealth felt like exceptions from the common destiny of the Jewish people and were recognized by the governments as exceptionally useful,” Arendt adds.

  2. “not a local”…….. yeah sure……..

    Seriously though, were is it written in the statue that a honorary Grand Pride Marshall must be a “local”?

    And then, what or who is a ‘local” of San Francisco? What is the definition of being a “local” San Franciscan?

    Does that exclude individuals or groups from greater San Francisco? Or does it include individuals or groups from Greater San Francisco?

    If a honorary Grand Pride Marshall can only be a “local” for instance the President of the United States could never be a honorary Grand Pride Marshall, nor anyone from for instance New Your City who has done great work for the LGBT Community on a national level, let alone someone from outside the USA who had done great work for the whole global LGBT Community!

    And then to realize that the title honorary means in fact to HONOR the individual, for his or her achievements for the cause fighting for!

    Not for the glorification of individuals in or on a Board!

    This statement shows the inability of the Board of SFP to function, to be what they claim to be… organizers of the San Francisco Gay Pride!

    In my, probably not so humble opinion, the whole Board must step down, and a new Board must be elected, of capable men and women, who are able to see the greatness of persons and groups who are fighting for Inclusion, Equality, and who do not focus on matters that dishonor and disgrace the people!

    But then…… my opinion only!

  3. Carl says:

    SF Pride should NEVER have done this AT ALL. This is the slippery slope when one becomes a one issue contingent. The big picture is lost on these folks.

  4. JD MYERS says:


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