What do the Neo-Nazi organization the National Socialist Movement, Tea Party members, and yesterdays gay protestors of President Obama in Los Angeles all have in common–I mean, besides not getting it? If you said they’re white people who have issues with the president then you guessed right.
Yesterday in Los Angeles at a fundraising event for US Senator Barbara Boxer, President Obama was interrupted by gay rights activists demanding he repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“Repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell!” yelled several protestors.
To which the president said he agreed with the request — “we are going to do that; hey, hold on a second, hold on a second” — when the protestors began echoing the Obama campaign chant: “Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!”
“Here we go,” Obama replied. “All right — guys, guys, all right. I agree, I agree.”
Obama asked for political unity on gay rights issues.
“When you’ve got an ally like Barbara Boxer and you’ve got an ally like me who are standing for the same thing, then you don’t know exactly why you’ve got to holler, because we already hear you, all right?,” Obama said to applause.
“I mean, it would have made more sense to holler that at the people who oppose it.”
One audience member shouted, “it’s time for equality for all Americans!” Obama repeated that he supports repealing the military’s anti-gay policy, “so I don’t know why you’re hollering.”
For the record, this is an example of why efforts to repeal Proposition 8 in California failed last week after not being able to secure the necessary number of signatures to qualify it for the November ballot.
And as long as the white gay activists continue their consistent attitude of entitlement–entitlement over all others, entitlement at the cost of others, —I don’t expect attitudes to change among even the most progressive African-Americans on gay rights issues.
Nevermind the war, economy, or any of the state and local issues–they’re white and they’re right.
Forget the fact that celebrations of the first African-American president by Blacks are still going on around the country—even though he’s been in office over a year now.
With the exception of Michael Steele, most Black people are head over heels in love with the president and I don’t think that there’s anything he can do—short of cheating on Michelle and getting caught—that will turn Black people against him.
Why is that important? Because in California, at least for now, Black people’s vote still matters in terms of their ability to make or break a proposition as we saw with Proposition 8.
Protesting the president in Los Angeles is not a good move for white gay activists who need the support of Black voters on their issues. I can’t say it plainer than that.
Does that mean that gays shouldn’t protest the president over there issues? No, not necessarily–but it does mean that they need to be a lot smarter about when, where, and how they do it—similar to their Neo-Nazi counterparts who would have been better off in Simi Valley or Orange County protesting immigrants than in downtown Los Angeles.
Wounds are still open from the passage of Proposition 8 in California and the blame and attack on Black people that followed from white gays. Nothing has changed in that department and judging from white gay activists behavior—neither have they.
Sure–you can shrug it off and say “oh that’s just Jasmyne being racist” if you want—but I don’t need to polls and focus groups to tell me how Black people feel about issues–remember, I am one. Just listen to this morning’s Hot Topic Tuesday on the Front Page with Dominique DiPrima on Radio Free 102.3FM KJLH.
And while much of the mainstream news media paints the picture that when the gay community protests President Barack Obama, it’s all gays—quite frankly, that’s not the case. Many Black gays and lesbians end up being guilty by association. Something I refuse to let happen. I am tired of my white gay brothers and sisters making life difficult for their Black counterparts with there attitudes of entitlement and privilege—because that’s exactly what it is when you can take of in the middle of the work day to go somewhere and protest the president—privilege. Speaking of which—I don’t recall seeing many rainbow flag on Saturday afternoon at the anti-Nazi rally. I’m just saying.
If white gays want to protest something they can start with the Mayor of Los Angeles, the City Council, and the DWP for duping residents into believing that recent approve rate hike was temporary when in fact, it’s permanent. They can protest California’s unemployment numbers, which surely include gays and lesbians—just maybe not as many white gays as Black and brown gays. Go lobby for more living wage jobs in Los Angeles County, affordable housing, access to education, and healthcare. All of which surely gays need—I mean we don’t all live in West Hollywood and Silverlake. Who knows, if white gays were as outspoken on those issues as they are gay marriage and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell they might have gotten the signatures needed to try and repeal Proposition 8.
One thing is for sure, if white gays keep attacking the president like their Neo-Nazi and Tea Party member counterparts—come election season—it wouldn’t matter if they got President Obama himself to do a PSA in support of gay rights in front of West Hollywood’s City Hall with the presidents of the NAACP, SCLC, Urban Leagues, and Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton —mark my words—ain’t nothing happening.
Now run and go tell that.