Pres. Obama Compared Fight in a Gay Bar to Selma March for Civil Rights
Whether you agree with it or not, gay is the new black. President Obama’s comments about gay rights during his recent inauguration speech didn’t go without notice. But what you might have missed is the president’s comparison of a fight in a gay bar in 1969 to the historic civil rights march in Selma, Alabama. Is the fight for gay rights the same as the fight for civil rights among African Americans? It depends on who you ask.
In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama placed the Stonewall riot at a gay bar in 1969 on a par with other historical moments in American history, including the 1965 civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall,” said Obama during his inaugural speech on Monday.
“Just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall,” he said, “to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”
The speech referenced the crucial Selma march, during which hundreds of civil rights marchers were attacked enroute; the speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall; and the first key women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. in 1848.
Markedly different was the Stonewall riot that occurred on June 27, 1969, when police raided a bar for homosexuals in New York called the Stonewall Inn. The bar was run by the mafia, according to The New York Times.
The Times reported that police raided the bar that night and the homosexual patrons began fighting, “tossing beer cans, bricks and anything else in reach at police officers, who responded by beating many of the protesters and arresting dozens of others.” The event became a rallying point for the homosexual movement.
Obama continued to talk about gay rights in his speech.
Powered by Facebook Comments