Recently, fellow blogger and activist Keith Boykin wrote about the meeting between liberal bloggers and President Clinton in Harlem, New York last week that didn’t include one single Black or Latino blogger. The reason given when questioned about the lack of color in the meeting was that two Black bloggers had been invited but were unable to make it.
As an African American and a blogger, I am obviously irritated but not surprised. Blacks are almost always left out of the picture unless we’re the photographer. Translation, just because President Clinton took up office space in Harlem and plays the saxophone, doesn’t mean that he will always make sure there’s a Black at the table.
Likewise, California’s version of HRC, Equality California, recently held a briefing in Sacramento on the state of the LGBT movement and marriage in California and across the nation. And even though this very same group has been actively trying to organize the Black LGBT community for their diversity needs (translation= to get funding), in a state where there is a large number of both Black and Latinos, managed to somehow fail to bring to any of them to the table for this particular meeting. So much for coalition building…
Let’s just call a spade a spade and get it over with.
Neither the meeting in Harlem nor EQCA’s desire to rule California’s LGBT community should come to a surprise to any of us in the Movement. That’s the way of world.
I have long since decided that I would forgo the popularity contest and just put the shit out there like it needs to be.
I don’t care of the two Black bloggers you asked couldn’t make it to the meeting, find two more. You were in Harlem for crying out loud, not to mention yelling distance from one of the top Black bloggers in America, Keith Boykin. Bottom line, Blacks weren’t there because Blacks weren’t considered a relevant part of the discourse. What we decide to do about that is up to us.
As for EQCA, I’ll say it until I am white in the face. They have no real concern or knowledge of the Black same-gender loving community and if we weren’t part of a funding criterion from some of their donors and potential grant money, we (Blacks) wouldn’t even be an issue. We’re only as useful as the amount of money our Black faces brings in to them.
Just calling it like I see it and I see pretty well these days with my new contacts.