Today we observe Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Therefore, I think it's appropriate to honor the standard of Dr. King. Contrary to ignorant beliefs, which includes the daughter of Dr. King, Bernice Jackson (who helped organize a protest against LGBT rights in December 2004), Dr. King believed in human rights—not selective rights.
In 2004 Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s widow and a huge supporter of the gay community, immediately struck down Bernice King’s statements that her husband would’ve frowned upon gay rights. According to Wikipedia, when radical black pastors were attacking the civil rights icon for supporting the LGBT community she, “reminded her critics that the 1963 March on Washington was organized by Bayard Rustin, an openly gay civil rights activist.”
Even back in 1998 Coretta Scott King stated,” "Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.” In 2003 King said, "I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people. ... But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King, Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people."
I believe Dr. King would’ve been more progressive than we think on issues of gay rights, immigration, foreign policy, healthcare and of course, education. People forget the black church during his time was much more accepting, being that the black community was in complete turmoil. These black pastors of today are pseudo-intellectuals and money hungry gospel-charting capitalists, who could careless about unity if they cannot profit.
Please check out the compelling video below "I Am The Standard", which is from writer/creator Lamar Richardson. Richardson says, " It's been my experience that the aspects of ourselves that we rush to hide like handicap, sexuality, political party, and financial status are often the candles that draw people towards us and encourage them to respect us.At one time I was the least and the last, however these phases of life have given me great insight into the human condition."
Check out the video below. It's worth the nine minutes.
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Posted by Clay ::
10:15 AM ::