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July 20, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 5:20 pm

LGBT and Women of Color Speak Out

The comments of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll have

created a political firestorm of dialogue and

controversy in the LGBT community and for

Women of Color.

As accusations arise about her alleged “inappropriate

sexual activity”, the truth may or may not be discovered.

Huffington Post

The truth of the matter is the comment(s) of

Lt. Gov. Carroll should never have been thought

or verbalized in such a derogatory manner towards

Women of Color and the LGBT community

”couldn’t have engaged in homosexual acts because

she doesn’t look like a lesbian” Huffington Post.

07/17/2012

Women of Color have been victimized, scrutinized

and demonized by the media, it does Women of Color

and those of the LGBT community a personal and cultural

damning to their character and an objectionable

disrespect to their womanhood and lifestyle choices.

Professional Women of Color are already treated

unfairly and LGBT must fight for their rights to have

to fight to have a seat at corporate tables, earn the

respect of their peers and the men (both Black and

White) they work with. Lt. Gov. Carroll made a serious

mistake in her comments and should be held accountable.

A simple and inefficient apology is not always acceptable

when the mentality was cognitively present and is still

evidently being propagated at this level of government.

I was taught government is for THE PEOPLE not just

for a select few. At one time women were not allowed

political participation, now they are welcomed and

encouraged. This is responsibility that should be taken

seriously and not taken for granted.

Being a Black man, raised by a Black mother and

grandmother I was taught that I should respect all women,

especially Women of Color and even those in the LGBT

community because we are all God’s children. My mother

was a teacher of over 30 years, she loved children no matter

their sexual, cultural, ethnic and religious ideology, I share

her passion for all children and their rights. The struggles,

the sacrifices, the tears, and the prayers of Women of Color

are a testimony to the true meaning of being a woman.

Nikki Giovanni from her recent visit to Edward Waters

College during my interview stated that Black women

are so powerful and important that if they were not here

they would have to be created.

Nikki Giovanni

I feel this can be applied to all Women of Color because of

their historic contributions and sacrifices. This is a testament

to the Anointing of Women of Color and even

Caucasian, Muslim, European, Asian, Hispanic, Haitian

and other cultural/ethnic women.

The discrimination of Gays and Lesbians is a serious

discussion that ranges from politics, religion, education,

Human Rights, Constitutional Rights and Civil Rights.

This struggle has been equated to the Civil Rights

movement of the 50’s to current discussion and

dialogue. It will continue to be a contentious and

serious topic, but the foundations are the rights of

Human Beings. As a Man of Color (Black) I can only

object to the inappropriate comments by a Women of Color

against her professional peers, cultural sisters and

marginzing the importance that it does not matter if a

women is Gay, Lesbian or whatever designation or

title society places on her that she is of great value.

Women of Color should always be respected, revered,

acknowledged for their successes and accomplishments.

Equally to the LGBT community as citizens, tax payers,

parents, professionals, educators and human beings they

should be respected equally as well.

Accusations of sexual relationships with aides in the

political realm is not new; Think Progress

but the use of demeaning words directed at a particular

group goes to show that the mentality and moral statue

of our political figures should be scrutinized and they,

being role models have to be accountable. If our law

enforcement system, educational system, religious

entities and legal system is held accountable, for

their actions and words so should our political

representatives.

I do not know Lt. Gov. Carroll’s personal opinions about

the LGBT community, but wonder what her role was in

enticing the LGBT community to vote for the current

Governor during the election process. How many hands

did she shake from professional women that are proudly

LGBT, how many did she hug, hold hands in political

solidarity to obtain votes? What does her sorority think

about her opinions and is this also their thinking?

This goes to show all People of Color and in the LGBT

community that we need to be careful even of our own

who we elect. Who we send to local, state, and federal

government to represent our interests.

It will be interesting the response from our religious leaders,

elected political representatives and those who claim to be

impartial or support Women of Color and the LGBT

community. The discussion and dialogue is too

important to silence by political meandering and

distraction.

Resources:

Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Apology Demanded
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/18/jennifer-carroll-lesbian-black-women-comments-apology-demand_n_1683910.html>Apology Demanded

Black Women Who Look Like Me
Black Women

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