Above I have slightly modified an old picture by adding a red arrow and a green arrow. The picture is from a Civil Rights protest called a sit-in. A sit -in is a simple protest where protesters would go into a restaurant and sit where black people were not allowed to sit, in protest of Jim Crow laws. The red arrow in the picture above points to a person that is pouring something onto a protester. I think it is safe to assume that he doesn’t like what the protesters are doing and would have liked for things to stay as they were. At the time he believed he was right, so much so that he is doing what he is doing in the picture. The green arrow points to a white woman that is protesting the Jim Crow laws with others. I think it is also safe to assume that this woman is against how things were then and wanted them to change. At the time she also believed that she was right, so much so that she is captured in the picture letting the red arrow guy pour something onto her head.
To the left is a picture of Harlem Pastor James David Manning. I have also slightly modified this picture by adding a red arrow. Even though he did not do a good job of making a coherent point, his sign appears to be anti-LGBT.
Both pictures, the one above and the one to the left, are somewhat immortal. Now imagine that the red arrow guy in the picture above comes across that picture today, assuming he is still alive. He might be proud of what he did back then. Or his views may have changed and he may be ashamed. Regardless of how he feels about it now, history has captured him as a bigot. What we once thought as a nation was right, was actually wrong as the day is long. Similarly, imagine that the green arrow woman came across that picture today, assuming she is still alive. She can say that she stood up against unjust Jim Crow laws and fought for equality even though the laws were not directed at her.
I would like to take this opportunity to caution my associates, friends, and family of their public opinions, especially on social media. Social media is like a picture. It is a snap shot of your opinion at the time of it’s posting. More and more frequently I see people on my news feed and timeline posting negatively about the LGBT community. Just like the picture above, you can be immortalized as a bigot. What you posted in your past can be dug up to haunt you, even though your opinions may change over time.
People who post, think, act, and speak negatively of the LGBT community share a red arrow with James David Manning, pictured on the left. As a nation there are a lot of people who agree with him right now. But if history has taught us nothing, it has taught us that equality will champion bigotry and hate. Just like African American civil rights became law, so will LGBT civil rights. It’s just that simple. Do you want to be immortalized on the wrong side of history? I venture to say, probably not. Wouldn’t you rather be a person with a green arrow; Someone who fought for equality?
It shouldn’t be that hard for people to understand, especially black people. Equality is equality, regardless of race, religion, age, or sexual orientation. The LGBT community is fighting for the same rights that our forefathers fought for us to have. Equality. You don’t have to be LBGT to recognize injustice. Even if you do not agree, don’t be a red arrow.
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