published Monday, May 28th, 2012

Lost identity

In the wake of mixed reactions to President Obama's announced support of gay marriage, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People echoed that stance as one of civil rights.

The 103-year-old organization founded on Feb. 12, 1909, the day that would have marked Abraham Lincoln's 100th birthday, states as its mission on its website "to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States and eliminate racial prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic process."

The resolution passed by the NAACP's board of directors in Miami just recently reflects an expansion of its fight for racial equality by proclaiming to "continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the constitutional rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) citizens."

The state's efforts to protect traditional marriage from being redefined do not "codify discrimination." Instead, the definition of roles of men and women are protected. "Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens" are not being removed by referendums such as that just held in North Carolina, where it passed with 61 percent of voters' support, and in Tennessee in 2006, where it was supported by 81 percent of voters.

No state has prevented any of these citizens from forming legal arrangements for power of attorney or any other legal status awarding inheritance, contract relations or legal standing that is claimed to be pursued by the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community.

In a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll published in November 2011, black men and women were asked specifically about their views of "romantic relationships between two men." Black men stated their views to be "somewhat unacceptable" (six percent of respondents) and "strongly unacceptable" (53 percent of respondents), for a total of 59 percent "unacceptable." Ten percent of black women stated their view to be "somewhat unacceptable" and 54 percent said it was "strongly unacceptable," for a total of 64 percent "unacceptable."

Has the NAACP chosen a political issue in an election year over 103 years devoted to eliminating the indignant, criminal sufferings by the black community? The lost identity may further cloud the history of the true civil rights movement.

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Keep trying to drive that wedge. No, the NAACP isn't abandoning its mission, nor is your expression of concern anything but a transparent attempt to split apart a group with a common cause by a phony presentation of some division between them.

But really, since when was the number of people voting for something (especially when turnout is less than 100%) a sign that it's right to do?

Can't we find a few examples of this side of the paper declaring opposition to the tyranny and discrimination of a popular referendum?

Oh wait, we can.

PS, North Carolina's ballot referendum DID explicitly disavow Civil Unions, and yes, believe it or not, there is no recognized right to private contracts which offer the same benefits of marriage.

Though really, the lack of the same process being available to do so as anybody else, you'd think that'd be obvious enough as discrimination.

May 28, 2012 at 12:33 a.m.
Easy123 said...

"True civil rights movement"? Since when is civil rights only an African-American thing? I guess the author is saying that African-Americans/NAACP can only fight against racism.

This phrase "protect traditional marriage" is moronic. Who is attacking it? I don't understand this. It affects nobody but the couple getting married.

What exactly are the"roles of men" and "roles of women"?

States have prevented these "citizens" from having the same rights as heterosexuals.

The statistics included mean absolutely nothing. I don't even know why they were included other than to try to convince the reader that the majority doesn't think homosexuality is acceptable. We already know that. Most people hate homosexuals. But that doesn't make it right. Just because a majority of believe believe something doesn't make it true. Just look at Christianity!

The NAACP has taken a stand against blatant disregard for human rights, bigotry and prejudice against a group of people. The NAACP should be commended for doing this. Their identity hasn't been lost, it has been strengthened. They have more victims to fight for and support.

Shame on the author. Shame on this paper. The author is a bigot. It makes me sick to read things like this. Give these people the same rights as you. Not a "legal arrangement". Let them marry. Let them have their day in the sun. Let these gay and lesbian couples publicly show their love for one another and be accepted as legitimate married couples. How dare anyone deny them these joys and how dare anyone try to justify it. The way gays and lesbians are treated in this country is a shame on us all.

May 28, 2012 at 1:22 a.m.
casett said...

The allowance of civil unions flies in the face of the foundations of this great country, the Bible( sorry, I know that's politically incorrect) and the opinions of the overwhelming majority of the NAACP members. Leaders have a wishbone instead of a backbone when it comes to political correctness.

Yes, you are entitled to your opinion. Express it with great passion and sound reason. But, at the end of the day, the majority rules even if you disagree. That the majority still posses Judeo-Christian morals do not make us intollerant or bigots. It indicates we have a different opinion based o different morals and principles than you. We don't hate you, but we disagree with your minority opinion. It is because of our tollerance that we support your right to express your opinion. We do not believe, you should force us to accept your moral code, however. Your rights end where my nose begins.

May 28, 2012 at 7:01 a.m.
LibDem said...

...and your nose ends where my rights begin.

May 28, 2012 at 8 a.m.
Easy123 said...

"Yes, you are entitled to your opinion. Express it with great passion and sound reason. But, at the end of the day, the majority rules even if you disagree. That the majority still posses Judeo-Christian morals do not make us intollerant or bigots. It indicates we have a different opinion based o different morals and principles than you. We don't hate you, but we disagree with your minority opinion. It is because of our tollerance that we support your right to express your opinion. We do not believe, you should force us to accept your moral code, however. Your rights end where my nose begins."

I think this whole paragraph is a great example of bigotry. Morals are universal. You can't derive them from a book. Me and many others "minority" opinion is for people to have equal rights.

So everyone is forced to accept the moral code of the "majority?

The only person trying to infringe on any rights is you and the majority. What rights are you implying that gays and lesbians are trying to deny you and your majority?

I pity your ignorance.

May 28, 2012 at 9:37 a.m.
Ozzy87 said...

More yellow journalism. The man who helped Martin Luther King Jr. write the "I Have A Dream" speech was openly gay. Coretta Scott King is on record supporting gay rights and marriage equality, and she draws a diect correlation of the civil rights struggles of African-Americans and the gay rights movement of today.I guess they don't know "Separate, but equal" has already been ruled unconstitutional.

May 28, 2012 at 10:43 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

If the numbers in that poll are correct it's a crying shame that so many black people are unable to empathize with the gay community. One would think that, given their long history of subjugation and horrendous mistreatment at the hands of whites, they would eagerly support, or at the very least empathize with, any group that was likewise being mistreated. No, the gays have not been enslaved like the blacks were, nor have they been randomly hanged and tortured to the extent blacks were, but they have suffered, and still suffer today, much physical and mental abuse of their own and have yet to attain the full civil rights that they deserve. I would think the black community would overwhelmingly support them.

But we have religion, media outlets like Faux News, and knee jerk right wing editors like this one to thank for relentlessly spreading the twisted view and outright lie, either implicitly or shouting it out loud, that homosexuals are basically perverts making their own choice to live in "sin" and therefore do not really deserve to be treated like regular folks. Too many Americans of all colors seem totally incapable of thinking for themselves and rising above the blatant BS that so many of the churches and media outlets keep promulgating. It's a shame, a crying shame.

May 28, 2012 at 12:56 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Obama could be photographed in bed with a dead girl or live boy and still get the support of the NAACP. Before the yelps of RACISM! start, look up Edwin Edwards if you don't know what that reference is about.

May 28, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.
Easy123 said...

It's still racist. Just to clarify.

May 28, 2012 at 2:58 p.m.

Casett, even if your contention were true, why are we beholden to what you believe they felt?

Can you not argue rightness on its own merits?

And no, you are the one appealing to political correctness with your assertions to the will of the majority. It takes backbone to stand against the clamoring crowd to do what is right, even though the masses cheer for bigoty and intolerance like yours.

It's not a matter of expression of belief, but a legally backed recognition. If I'm married by law, I can go to court to enforce the rights that go along with it. That's what marriage is about, a legal status.

Do you intend to take that away from everybody? Or are you just ignorant of it?

May 28, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.
conservative said...

When an organization has become irrevelant and a national joke they tend to get desperate, but this is crazy.

May 28, 2012 at 4:41 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Casett, your Judeo-Christian morals also justified the bondage and sub-human treatment of blacks once upon a time. Many Christians used the Bible to make the argument that God sanctioned slavery and that black people were born inferior. If God's laws and morals are so absolute and unchanging, then what was it that made Christians finally wake up and see black people as human beings with the same rights as you and me? Did your God change, or what? What made him so fully engaged in people's lives and so vindictive and bellicose in the Old Testament but so silent in the New? Because JC came on the scene, to do his bidding for him? But even Jesus condoned slavery. He never spoke ill of it and even admonished slaves to pay their dues to their masters. Nor did Paul ever speak disparagingly of slavery. So what was it about your Judeo-Christian morals that allowed you good christian folk to curse blacks in the past but accept them today?

The evolution of the human spirit will once again rise to the occasion, just as it did in finally opening people's eyes and hearts towards blacks. If not today, then tomorrow or the next day or the next, this debate about whether or not to accord gays full civil rights will seem ridiculous to us. We will look back and wonder how we could have ever NOT treated gays with the full rights they deserve. That freedom train has already left the station, destined to arrive at its rightful destination, and you might as well be on it now as later.

May 28, 2012 at 6:10 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Conservative,

Your statement is moronic.

May 28, 2012 at 7:34 p.m.

I thought he was confessing that the Conservative group behind this opinion had lost its way.

May 28, 2012 at 8:32 p.m.
jazzman said...

conservative said... 'When an organization has become irrevelant'....

like the republicans, and the' religious right', they must come up with new people to hate to justify the chain email nonsense they send to each other in order to make themselves feel better.

May 29, 2012 at 3:22 a.m.
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