Obama really needs to explain why it’s okay for him to ask last week for a Justice Department official to be fired for making a racially insensitive remark, but when a notoriously homophobic gospel singer “declares war” on gays and says that gays need to be cured, suddenly Obama is all Mr. Nice Guy and refuses to “fire” the bigoted singer from hosting a concert for Obama’s campaign.
Obama can’t have it both ways. When he’s insulted as a black man by someone who isn’t black, suddenly we fire everyone. But when we’re insulted as gays and lesbians, and the offender just happens to be black, firing the offender is no longer on the table. Does Obama only have a problem with prejudice, does he only take action on bigotry, when the black community is the target and when the offender isn’t black? Is he ever going to represent the rest of us too? Don’t get me wrong, I think people should be held accountable for their racism. But I also happen to think that bigots should be held accountable for their homophobia, anti-Semitism, and every other form of prejudice too, and that they don’t get a “get out of jail free card” simply because of their race. But that would be expecting Obama to actually put his words into action. Silly me.
And now we hear, via MSNBC, that Obama’s staff think they’ve weathered the storm, that the crisis has now passed, and it won’t damage them much at all. Funny, but I’ve got enough additional info to write about for the next week at least. There’s much more on this McClurkin homophobe, and I plan to talk about it at length.
Hey, so I’m wondering what kind of protests we can plan at Obama campaign stops? They need to be whimsical, bitchy, and embarrassing as hell. All suggestions are welcome. Maybe carry signs saying “I am a man.”