The federal trial for Proposition 8 has started and it’s already clear that not a lot was learned from the aftermath of its initial passing back in 2008.
In case you hadn’t heard, an hour before the federal trial over the constitutionality of the California’s ban on same-sex marriage was to start, the U.S. Supreme Court put a stop to the planned live broadcasts.
The court said it wanted to wait until at least Wednesday to consider arguments by backers of Proposition 8 that camera coverage could result in threats or even violence against witnesses favoring the measure.
And you know what, I don’t blame them.
Perhaps you weren’t in Los Angeles during the aftermath of Proposition 8, but I can tell you, the Prop. 8 supporters have good reason to fear gay rights activists, just ask the many many Black people, both gay and heterosexual, who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time after Proposition 8 passed. They were accosted in their cars, on the street, called Niggers, and blamed for the passage of Prop. 8 simply because of their skin color.
Gay rights activists temporarily lost their minds in West Hollywood and Westwood and felt the need to harass and abuse any Black person they saw, regardless of their sexuality.
So when Prop. 8 supporters say they are scared for their safety, I believe them. And when Prop. 8 foes like Jewish gay rights activist Robin Tyler, go on the news crying gays are the victims, I don’t buy it and neither do the Black people in Los Angeles who were witness to and victims of gay rights activists who decided to show some chutzpah when it came to Blacks north of the 10 freeway.
And if that wasn’t enough, in typical fashion, gay rights activists are being quoted in the media regarding the Prop. 8 case comparing their struggle to the Black Civil Rights struggle, again, proving once more that nothing was learned from 2008. Meanwhile, Prop. 8 supporters cleverly use Africans-Americans as their spokespersons to make their case.
How many times do I have to tell the gay rights community that the Black Civil Right Movement is not a one-size-fits-all catchphrase for issues of fairness? You cannot adopt the language of the civil rights movement, never put into practice its core principles or even demonstrate an understanding of the people and history behind it and then expect Black people to fall into line and support you. I’m gay and this strategy doesn’t even work on me.
Remember, this is the same community of people where a gay couple in West Hollywood used a noose as part of a political effigy on the eve of one of the most important elections for both Blacks and gays in California—the election of President Barack Obama and Prop. 8.
Add to that, given all that has transpired since 2008’s vote between gays and Blacks, comparing the gay civil rights struggle to the Black Civil Rights Movement is the last thing that gays need to be doing in the media. This issue may still come back up for a popular vote in the near future and unless the gay community makes some serious concessions and changes, it’s going to be a repeat of 2008.
But alas, this is the just the tipping point of the madness that is sure to come throughout this trial. However, I must say, if the gay rights activists were in any way trying to show that they’ve changed and had an “ah hah” moment, where it relates to Black people, they might want to go back to drawing board and take people like Robin Tyler with them.