Manifesto! 4/5 – Not The Marrying Kind: Statements…(cont.2)

Previously – Not The Marrying Kind: Statements…(cont.)

I believe that the fierceness and power of the movement has been bled out by the constant focus on marriage equality as the only issue of importance perpetuated by large, wealthy, privileged groups such as GLAAD and the HRC who are looking out for themselves as opposed to the community as a whole.
 
I understand that there are parts of society that will always and forever hate queer folks, no matter how normative the community attempts to appear, no matter how much power and revolutionary anger the movement gives up to present as safe and friendly. All the concessions to try and join the privileged side of the equation will never endear those people to the community and has the added effect of alienating those within the community who begin to look at it as a seething mass of sell-outs, gentrification and assimilationists.

I see how the mainstream GLBTQ community from the ’90’s on has never truly attempted to form coalitions with other minority groups instead choosing to co-opt and appropriate the words and images of other groups and their movements while maintaining limited contact with members of those groups. The then expected support of these people by the GLBTQ community in political aspirations stinks of hypocrisy.

I see how the narrative of partner immigration has been backburned by the marriage equality movement, in a racist move to distance themselves from the anti-immigration sentiment sweeping the country. This cowardly move, because of the racist quotas of the immigration department, disporportionately effects People of Color.
 
I saw the easy way white members of the queer community used privilege to their advantage in the wake of Prop 8. The aiming of racial slurs at African-Americans and the delayed and in most cases non-existent response from all the community organizations focusing on marriage equality certainly does not sync up with any their talk of coalition. Beyond changing the way other marginalized communities look at the queer community this incident also taught the People of Color within the community that the moment someone who looks like us does something you don’t like we’re just another everyday nigger to you.

Next – Not The Marrying Kind: Statements…The End.

One response to “Manifesto! 4/5 – Not The Marrying Kind: Statements…(cont.2)

  1. “Beyond changing the way other marginalized communities look at the queer community this incident also taught the People of Color within the community that the moment someone who looks like us does something you don’t like we’re just another everyday nigger to you.”

    Ugh. So powerful and so true and so sad. I am taking it as a reminder that fighting for someone to have a voice should NOT be a conditional action.

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