The day I quoted Malcolm X

UPDATE: Here’s a Facebook group organizing the protest at the DNC gay fundraiser this Thursday.

In a million years, I never thought I’d be quoting Malcolm X. But after seeing this on Pam Spaulding’s blog, it’s hard not to agree.

“Back during slavery, when Black people like me talked to the slaves, they didn’t kill him, they sent some old house Negro along behind him to undo what he said.”

Pam Spaulding posted this video of Malcom X on her blog today, following the leaked news that the White House has suddenly decided to throw a big gay party for the A-listers who putatively run our movement. It’s a chance for our leaders to get used by the White House, just by showing up, then get used again when they leave and tell the world how all the champagne and caviar proves that the President really does love us, in spite of that pesky incest and pedophilia thing, and those two gay service members a day he’s still discharging, even though he doesn’t have to.

The biggest betrayal of all? Our leaders are going to the White House to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. Irony is not lacking in this White House.

But we got cake! (And a gay band in the parade!)


Mike Signorile and Pam Spaulding weigh in today on the party, and on Jonathan Capehart’s Washington Post article I linked to earlier. First Signorile on the party:

This is pretty outrageous. In the midst of all the anger from LGBT people over the DOMA brief and the inadequate response — so far — by the Obama administration, gay lobbyists, executive directors and assorted others who comprise what is identified as the gay leadership apparently have been invited to a party at the White House thrown just for them.

It’s another photo-op in which everyone — the president and the gays — can look happy and like they’re having fun, but more so, it’s a way for the White House to wank off the gay leaders a bit while still not delivering. None of them should fall for it — and that means they should not attend this event — least of all the Human Rights Campaign. We don’t want cocktails for high-paid gay and lesbians lobbyists and executive directors looking to schmooze and feel important. We want action on our rights, and at this point it means DOMA and DADT….

[A] cocktail party? No, that’s not business — it’s schmoozing and sucking up, and it’s all about buying off gay leaders by seducing them, very cheaply, so the White House can help get the money coming back in, since the DNC gay fundraiser for next week is collapsing. The response so far has only been about the money and it’s not nearly enough.

What we need now is real action. Not these crumbs, whether it be the census inclusion or some benefits for federal employees. We need something big, and until then, the DNC fundraisers should continue to be threatened, and nobody among the gay leadership should be partying with this president.

And Pam on Capehart:

[W]here does [Congress] get its cues from — the White House. Come on, we’re not stupid. We’ve heard apologists say that Obama’s rogue DOJ issued that brief wihtout anyone in the WH knowing. Gee, when Bush was in the White House, we sure nailed the fact that Alberto Gonzales was working hand-in-glove with Dear Leader’s constitutional wrecking crew at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. So which is it people? I’m tired of the excuses, and bad ones at that.

It’s also confusing as to what [Jonathan] Capehart’s role is here — is he speaking as a gay man writing in his capacity as a reporter for the WaPo (and who sits on its ed board), or speaking as a prominent member of the LGBT community? The line is very blurry; I tell you, this is also tiring because of the pious barbs thrown at citizen journalists/bloggers for expressing opinion in their writing/reporting. At least we’re clear and honest about our advocacy and what we are representing.

And our good friend Jane Hamsher, who’s now an honorary gay after this post, reminds us there’s that little matter of the DNC gay fundraiser that some of our leaders have still refused to pull out of.

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