One of the stupidest things about doing the work we do is when we have communities of color showing just how conservative they really are by saying that the rights that we demanded, fought and died for over the past 50-400 years should not be afforded to the gay community. But the avalanche of stupid over the past few months alone has officially caught up with us now. On Valentine's Day, in a very underreported story, we had comedianSteve Harvey going on The View and getting admonished rather quickly when he made a distinction between a gay man and a "real man". In April, a homophobic attack on a trasgender person by some black youths in Maryland was captured on video. A few weeks ago comedian Tracy Morgan during his standup routine in Nashville must have thought pretty low of his audience - not to mention his son - if he thought that a homophobic rant where among other things he declared that he would kill his son if he ever revealed he was gay was a funny bit. Now we have former NFL player David Tyree who as the State of New York may very soon sign into law the right of same-sex couples to marry, opined that he would give up the Super Bowl to stop gay marriage because "Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored." Well, what made this come full circle is the fact that James Edwards, a Council of Conservative Citizens board member, host of the racist radio show the Political Cesspool and a straight-up crackpot, has chimed in as one of his supporters on this issue last weekend! Now, the whole thing about conservatives cozying up to Black people because of the homophobic leanings in the community is nothing new. It has been going on for some time, and these days conservatives like to have those Blacks on the frontlines more and more to take some of the heat off them - either that or lessen their hate load a bit since they have a full plate of hatemongering with stuff against Muslims, Hispanics, and by the way, those Black people they just pushed up to the frontlines. But it really drove the point home when Edwards came out of his mouth on his show. It's food for thought for communities of color who are going to have to come to terms with this very soon. Because those of color that are on the DL aren't going to stay there much longer. By the way, DLJ wrote an op-ed piece about this nonsense when it happened back in the nineties, so it's not like this is our first go-around with this crap. Having said that, we really should have dealt with those other stories when they came up, so consider this our mea culpa.
Former NY Giants football player David Tyree can count on one person to support his negative stance on gay marriage – a man by the name of James Edwards.
For those who don’t know, Edwards is a white supremacist. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Edwards, 27, is the host of “The Political Cesspool,” a shamelessly white nationalist radio talk show that’s broadcast for two hours every weeknight from a studio near Memphis, Tenn., where Edwards grew up and still lives.
“The Political Cesspool” in the past two years has become the primary radio nexus of hate in America. Its sponsors include the CCC and the Institute for Historical Review, a leading Holocaust denial organization. Its guest roster for 2007 reads like a “Who’s Who” of the radical racist right. CCC leader Gordon Lee Baum, Holocaust denier Mark Weber, Canadian white supremacist Paul Fromm, American Renaissance editor Jared Taylor, neo-Nazi activist April Gaede, anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald, Stormfront webmaster Jamie Kelso and League of the South president Michael Hill have all been favorably interviewed on the “Political Cesspool” this year, along with former Klan leader and neo-Nazi David Duke, the show’s most frequent celebrity racist guest, who has logged three appearances.
And the following are his own words, courtesy of SPLC:
On the Jews (Feb. 20, 2007):
“A lot of their motivation is that they hate Christianity. They hate what we call the WASP establishment … and they’re using pornography as a subversive tool against us. Jews are by and large dominant in the porn industry. I don’t need to spend time convincing people the sky is blue. You know, connect the dots and look at the names of people controlling our media, and you find out what the common denominator is. … These Zionist Jews are more interested in subverting the dominant culture, which would be the European culture here in America, than they are in helping us and assimilating into our culture.”
On immigration (May 18, 2007):
“The reason why America was a First World nation was because we had a First World population, and as we continue to be inundated with people from Third World nations we are going to become a Third World nation… . America is on the verge of collapse, as is Europe, as is the rest of the First World. We have to answer the question of whether white Americans and Europeans are going to survive to see another generation. … Desperate situations call for rash action.
On Christianity (May 18, 2007):
“The Christian church used to be the foundation and bedrock of this country, all the way up to the 1950s, and now the Christian church, just like any other institution that we founded, has been infiltrated by Zionist influence and by perverse leftist ideology.”"
Concerning the situation with Tyree (who is African-American) and marriage equality, Edwards says the following:
Even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then. While I might not agree with David Tyree on anything else, on this single issue, he is absolutely right.
How fascinating. If the issue was about African-Americans, Edwards would be saying things like:
“Crime and violence follow African-Americans wherever they go. And if you think that is racist, then spend some time on the mean streets of south Memphis.”
“Whites are in for the fight of their lives. America is becoming balkanized. We are being robbed of having a future in the very nation our ancestors carved from the wilderness.”
“If millions of white people moved to Nigeria for some unfathomable reason, and the government of Nigeria began establishing quotas and other policies to force black business owners to hire white people, and began giving out massive welfare subsidies that whites received far out of proportion to their percentage of the population, and passed law after law requiring Nigerian blacks to treat white people as privileged citizens who must never be criticized or insulted, and started turning every altercation between a white and a black into an ‘anti-white hate crime’ while downplaying every white-on-black crime no matter how violent…well, how many white people in Nigeria would vote to change things? Not very many. So why would blacks in America react any differently?”
But since he is maligning the gay community, using the same “God is telling me to” template that Tyree is using to malign the gay community, then I guess Edwards comparing Tyree to a “blind hog” is okay.
Of course the supreme irony of the entire situation will be lost upon Tyree and those rallying on his behalf.
A little tip for Tyree. If you want to know just how noble your beliefs are (or aren’t), check out those seeking to speak in your defense.
But in general, I’d like to ask a question:
If the African-American movement for equality and the gay movement for equality aren’t similar, then how come we both have the same fools trying to put a boot on our necks?