In a recent opinion piece titled “All aboard the Trayvon bandwagon,” Washington Blade editor and co-owner Kevin Naff accuses 28 national LGBT groups of hype-riding because they issued an open letter opposing racial profiling and expressing solidarity with Trayvon Martin’s family and friends.In Naff’s view, the Trayvon Martin atrocity is simply a consequence of lax gun laws. Race only enters the picture because “ambulance-chasing zealots like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson” have intervened. “Racial tension” over the case is purely the result of “typically lazy and even deliberately inaccurate reporting by the mainstream media” and celebrity tweets. And LGBT organizations should have nothing to say about the systemic and pervasive practice of criminalizing black men and boys because race is just a “distraction that pumps up cable ratings and generates lots of heat, but no light.
I’m going to borrow that last phrase—“generates lots of heat but no light”—and apply it to Naff’s criminally narrow lens. To accuse organizations including the National Center for Transgender Equality, UNID@S, Immigration Equality and the National Black Justice Coalition of “bandwagon posturing” is to assume that the people who make up these organizations have no stake or interest in dismantling systemic racism. Essentially what Naff has done is cast the struggle for LGBT human rights and equality as window dressing for his own demands for white male privilege.Of course we know that to be a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender non-conforming person of color is to be—drum roll—a person of color. We know this because prisons and morgues are full of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming people of color, their loved ones and their neighbors. They have no choice or desire to atomize their struggles. Naff shouldn’t either.” —
Akiba Solomon, Yes, Trayvon’s Death Is An LGBT Issue. No, LBGT Politics Aren’t Limited By White Privilege,” , Colorlines, 4/12/12. Damn, Solomon went ham on Naff, didn’t she? (via secretarysbreakroom)
Reading this story, one might think it was nice of Grove residents to gather and pray for the ‘unborn children that died’ at an illegal abortion clinic, but there’s more to this picture. This article in the Oklahoman makes mention of two women that died at the hands of Dr. Henrie, the doctor who performed anywhere from 5,000 to 20,000 abortions (depending on who you ask) from 1939 to 1962 in the small lake town of Grove, OK. One of those women was my grandmother.
In 1962 my grandmother made a choice to have an abortion, a procedure that was then illegal. She died from complications weeks later. She left behind my mother, who was a teenager at the time, and two small children. Our family has forever been changed by this tragedy, but we are steadfast in our belief that if abortion had been a legal procedure, she would not have died.
Dear god, not an anti-choice rally my ass. This quote says it all: “The speakers offered prayers and spoke of repentance. Several speakers also spoke of blessings over today’s children and for healing for the women who had abortions.” Healing for what, exactly? For the fact that they had to come to an illegal abortion clinic because it was safe and actually performed by a doctor? For the emotional shame that groups like this one put onto a woman who has an abortion, for whatever her reasons? It just makes me want to scream, and I’m terribly sorry to Molly and her family for the pain and suffering they had to go through in order to honor her grandmother’s name how she would have wanted to be remembered and how they remember her.
it’s a problem when I would rather get lost on the internet than get up the energy to go see the boy. I just think he’s going to play mass effect all night and not want to hang out with me.