After the passing of Prop 8 Dan Savage went on a media blitz expressing his white privilege for all to see. While I sympathized with him on what was a denial of his human rights, the anger he displayed towards African Americans was disgusting. From CNN to Colbert he let the world know who was to blame (read: blacks) for the passing of that horrible piece of legislation. If I didn’t know about how strongly the Mormons fought to raise money, run ads and publicly protest this bill, I might have been convinced initially by the mendacious reporting on this issue.
It seems that while the GLBT community is quick to speak up about any homophobia on the part of blacks; they are quick to ignore when blacks, or black leaders, or black organizations, speak in favour of gay rights.
As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law... And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states. ...
Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks.
This letter was issued to the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club in June of 2008. It seems to me that this letter would have been a great tool to reach out to the African American community with. Not using the letter allowed the GLBT community to have a scape goat to rail against after the fact. It further entrenched the idea that gay marriage is a white issue despite the fact that there are many POC who identify as same gender loving or transgender.
Well of course Savage now comments:
One of the "No on 8" campaign's highly-paid consultants says now—now—that "maybe we should have" used the letter during the campaign, perhaps in an effort to reach out to African American voters, or black preachers.
YEAH, THAT MIGHT'VE BEEN A GOOD FUCKING IDEA, YOU STUPID ASSHOLE.
UUUH HUH was that a hair ball I heard the great prophet cough up cause it sure as hell DID NOT SOUND LIKE THE APOLOGY HE STILL OWES THE BLACK COMMUNITY. After spending his time on national television attacking African Americans for our supposed rampant homophobia it is only now, well after the fact that he acknowledges that the GLBT community did not organize in or reach out to the black community. Nope, they just expected blacks to toe the line, cause hey blacks are the downtrodden of the earth so we should naturally get this.
Well Savage I’m still waiting for that apology but I suppose blacks will see reparations from slavery long before the prominent white male led GLBT community decides to own its white privilege. Just know that every single time you refuse to acknowledge the straight black gay allies that choose to speak up for gay rights, ignore the issues of GLBT of colour, or throw fellow allies under the bus (yeah you need to pay attention to the trans community), you make it that much harder for people to support your goals and desires. It takes two parties to form a relationship, and if respect does not flow both ways it is not based on equality and respect.