African-Americans Inquiry Contrasting Gay Rights Movement To Civil Rights

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    African-Americans Inquiry Contrasting Gay Rights Movement To Civil Rights

    LGBT civil liberties have actually been influenced by the earlier civil rights motion. Some LGBT supporters say gay civil liberties are the brand-new civil rights, upseting some African-Americans.

    The advocate same-sex marriage rights has frequently been contrasted to the black civil liberties activity of the 1960s. And that contrast has aggravated several African-Americans. Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Code Switch over group wished to find out why. She starts with somebody that's been doubting the comparison.

    Is the gay rights activity the like the black civil liberties activity? That is the distinction.

    KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, BYLINE: And it's an important one for African-American television host Roland Martin because, he says, black Americans back in the '60s were extra disenfranchised than LGBT people are now.

    MARTIN: And so we obtain African-Americans in Jim Crow who couldn't vote, who could not remain in resorts, who could not stay restaurants, yet if you were white as well as gay, you could.

    BATES: Reverend Patrick Walker concurs. He priests the New Macedonia Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He says same-sex marital relationship is inappropriate with his belief, as well as like Martin, he doesn't such as folding the civil liberties and also gay civil liberties activities with each other. Pedestrian thinks white LGBT individuals have constantly had the alternative, regardless of just how painful, to maintain their positioning private as well as retreat discrimination.

    BATES: Yet some veterans of the typical civil rights movement differ. Georgia congressman John Lewis is a revered icon of that activity, experiencing ruthless apprehensions as well as vicious poundings in the battle for African-American equality. In a 2014 video clip for the company Freedom to Marry, Lewis firmly linked the two activities.

    JOHN LEWIS: I battled also hard as well as as well long against discrimination based upon race and also shade not to stand and speak out versus discrimination versus our gay and also lesbian siblings as well as sis. I see the right to marriage as a civil liberties issue.

    BATES: Numerous white participants of the LGBT community feel they're indebted to the civil rights movement. Prior to he was a professor of media research studies at the College of Southern The Golden State, David Craig was a social media sites planner for the marriage equality activity in that state. On an intense, windy day at a walkway coffee shop near his Los Angeles residence, Craig noted this special High court decision came decades after an additional one. In 1967, the High Court decided in favor of Mildred as well as Richard Loving, and also interracial marital relationship became lawful throughout the nation.

    DAVID CRAIG: That is the basis for which we were able to secure our civil liberties today. So in fact, we owe the African-American neighborhood as well as the Caring pair incredible gratitude. And that heritage comes from those fights and those battles. And also we are just able to be where we are today as a result of the civil liberties struggle.

    BATES: Since the long-cherished objective of marriage equality has been accomplished, Craig says white LGBT protestors need to reach out to black Americans.

    CRAIG: So we have a commitment now to rely on our people of shade, whether LGBT or directly, as well as claim, just how can we assist? We need to obtain you to the table. Thanks for aiding us get there also.

    BATES: Previous NAACP chair Julian Bond is another veteran of the civil rights activity. Like John Lewis, Bond says African-Americans need to count the current court ruling supporting marital relationship equal rights as a triumph for them too. For something, Bonds states, there are many people that are LGBT as well as black. For an additional ...

    JULIAN BOND: We should certainly be proud of this. State look what we did. We developed a model that people have followed, and they followed it efficiently. Good for us.

    BATES: In other words, Bond says, take that debt, and possess it. Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR Information.

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