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What the Harlem Renaissance Teaches About Gay Rights (pls consider source)
Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 30 June | McWhorter

Posted on 06/30/2011 9:07:15 AM PDT by flowerplough

One more thought on the idea of homosexuality as wrong, in light of New York state's legalization of gay marriage last week. The historical perspective is useful in two ways. One is to show how things used to be. The other is to get a sense of how today is going to look when it has become history. We need both ways of looking at things in evaluating how we look at gay tolerance, gay marriage and anti-gay language today.

Let's start with the past: New York in 1929. Harlem, to be specific. It was actually a pretty gay place. Like the rest of the city, Harlem was home to countless gay bars. At the annual Hamilton Lodge drag ball, hundreds of drag queens competed for the top prize while thousands of straight Harlemites and other New Yorkers crowded in to get a look.

( ... )You catch hints from Fats Waller, who was not gay but sprinkled a camp sensibility into his routines. That "I want some seafood, mama" line of his? "Seafood" was gay slang for a sailor pickup. And what do you think he was really talking about in his song "All That Meat and No Potatoes"?

Of course homophobia was rampant as well, and it would become worse from the '30s on, when the police started clamping down on the old-time free and easy atmosphere. But even before that, it was expected that one went only so far in public.

And as far as the church was concerned, even the private sphere was not one's own business when it came to, well, those things. In November 1929, Adam Clayton Powell Sr. of the Abyssinian Baptist Church went on a press rampage on the subject...

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TOPICS: History; Politics; Religion; Society
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gay today = black, yesterday? gay and black then is the new gay marriage? article is confusing
1 posted on 06/30/2011 9:07:17 AM PDT by flowerplough
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"gay and black then is the new gay marriage? article is confusing."

It's confusing because it was written by a very confused person.

2 posted on 06/30/2011 9:10:09 AM PDT by StormEye
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The Progressive movement wants to use reference to racist policies of the past in order to make it seem as if they are and always have been the opponents of all types of bigotry yet….
It was the progressive movement which championed the racist policies of the past and had aligned itself with white supremacists and the KKK. The progressive movement still champion policies that were begun in alliance with the KKK. Abortion was championed by the racist Margaret Sanger who called for policies of eugenics and in speaking with the KKK made clear of her targeting of black people. The abortion policies of the progressive movement today were all ushered in by Sanger and today abortion largely results in the murder of black babies.
Now the progressive movement is aligning itself with the racist progressive movement of the past in attempting to redefine marriage again in order to promote an agenda that mocks and degrades the true concept of equality between all races. It is a smear against black people to equate their skin color with homosexual acts. Demanding equality between types of behavior is also a smear against the true concept of equality among human beings and degrades what the real civil rights movement was all about. What equality between sexual behaviors creates is a means to diminish equality between races by pitting the two different concepts of equality against each other. The racist progressive movement has now figured out a way to use behavioral equality to trump racial equality thus giving them the means to racially discriminate again.


3 posted on 06/30/2011 9:50:13 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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During World War II, Charlie & His Orchestra recorded a number of propaganda songs for the Germans. In their version of Fats Waller's 1939 hit "Hold Tight" (I Want Some Seafood, Mama), singer Karl "Charlie" Schwedler provides an apt description of Soviet Communism.

Listen to it here.

4 posted on 06/30/2011 9:54:54 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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