BLACK LIVES AND GAY LIVES MATTER: WE MUST ENGAGE IN JUSTICE MULTI-TASKING

My hope is that we who are gay rights advocates, gay and straight, will link arms with a host of others in confronting the economic and educational disparities between the black community and other communities. May historians be able to write that on the day that Baltimore erupted and on the next day when the Supreme Court moved toward affirming marriage equality for same sex couples, a coalition emerged that began to do what had not been done before, acknowledging and addressing the damage done to black slaves and the sons and daughters of black slaves by a nation that claimed to be rooted in democracy and justice.

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SOME PEOPLE IN THE USA and THE UMC ARE STILL AFRAID OF BLACKS and GAYS

I long ago ceased engaging in debate about the differences between the discrimination/oppression of blacks and gay. There is no equivalence! I have written these words to call for a new and/or renewed coalition of Blacks and Gays and our ally/advocates as we confront the "isms" that empower some at the expense of others. The economic, educational, healthcare, business ownership, residential and other inequities that divide us, call for activist coalitions.

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Gil: responding to racial inequality in light of judicial decisions on Affirmative Action & Marriage Equality

It will require unity, not uniformity among all Justice Movements as we challenge the economic inequality that hovers over the poor as well as the middle class. Division among movements that seek equal rights for people of color and movements that seek equal rights for gays, will not equip us for the struggles that we must face together.

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A Call, (not) to Arms, But to Become that Nation That We Are Not Yet

James Baldwin raised a question that is relevant as never before; "Who wants to be integrated into a burning house?" There is something "burning" in the "USA house". May all of us who have been/are kept out of that house, not be satisfied because we are let in. Rather, let us claim and use our symbolic fire extinguishers, not to "save the USA house" as it is, but rather to put out its fires so that we might re-design, re-construct and re-build it for ourselves and those who will follow us.

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