Many in our community grit their teeth at comparisons between the LGBT rights movement and the Civil Rights one. It’s a comparison that is regularly debated with equal amounts of passion from both sides. McWhorter’s claim that the African-American community has a responsibility to be instantly more progressive than whites adds an interesting (but not so) new layer to the discussion. It raises many questions about how we as a community are expected to process our oppression and it’s long lasting effects.
Daily News columnist, John McWhorter, recently wrote a piece claiming, “Gay Really is the New Black.”In it, he points to the black community as having a unique responsibility to help our LGBT brothers and sisters fight for equality. He says,