There has been a lot of controversy since the introduction of Proposition 8. People are asking is there some type of comparison between gay rights and black rights? It has many asking is gay the new black? Is our struggle for civil rights the same?
This is something to think about. One side says that both gays and blacks struggle for civil rights, both are discriminated against, both deserve to be treated the way all Americans are treated.
But another side states that the struggle is much different. Some people argue that you have no control over the color of your skin, but you can control being gay. They don't think that gays should be discriminated against, they simply do not think it is the same struggle. Although, many would argue that you cannot control being gay.
I still remain confused on if it is the same struggle or not. I do not know what it means to be gay. I do not know if you are born with it or if it is something that you choose to do. I do not know what it means to wake up and be laughed at because of the person I am attracted to. I understand that it has to be a bad situation to be in when you cannot live your life the way you would like too.
I do know as a black woman where we started in this Country and how we were not even looked at as a whole person. I also know that we cannot walk around and pretend we are not black...it is written all over our face.
Although, you might not be able to change if you are gay, and shouldn't have to, you can pretend if only for a moment that you are not. As a black person we are who we are, and even if we wanted to hide...we couldn't. So maybe it isn't exactly the same struggle!
But regardless if it is the same struggle or not, all Americans should be treated equally. We have a constitution and we have to live by it. I stand behind the struggle for gay rights! I just don't know if I want to go around saying gay is the new black. Jews, blacks, gays, women, and anyone else that has ever been discriminated against, is a fight that needs to be fought, but I don't think any of us had the exact same struggle.
What do you think? Is the Gay the new Black?