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An ad campaign by Faith In America uses images of the Ku Klux Klan to denounce homophobia. I’m still not sure what I think about this… I think finding commonalities in each other’s oppression and the building alliances between communities is an important thing to do to end oppression, but some images and historical references are sacred and uniquely painful.

And besides, Christianity isn’t the only religion that persecutes LGBT people. Let’s talk about Islam… The punishment for being gay in many Islamic countries is…death.

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7 Comments

  1. GG

    You guys spend all your time blogging about bigotry. Get off your high horses.

  2. It’s not a related issue. There would be many more parallels to Womens Rights movements and homosexuality.

    I mean… would you compare genocide in Rwanda to the plight of the homosexuals? It doesn’t connect. The struggle is over a different issue.

    And to respond to the person above me…
    Get of your high horses? Would you care to elaborate?
    So are you saying one should be silent and just accept bigotry?

  3. I agree Benjamin, they are not parallel issues. I’m troubled by the use of these images and what they evoke in an ad campaign about LGBT bigotry. And I’m queer. I wouldn’t even use images of the Holocaust to bring awareness to the Rwandan genocide, even though that’s a comparison that makes more sense.

    And to GG. I decided to post your comment only to highlight to folks the kind of insensitive ignorance we as black people are up against.

  4. Del

    Yea, Kym…..

    I totally agree……..

    A comparision for me is Damali Ayo’s rent-a-negro conceptual work. Yes, I get it and her whole point of encouraging dialogue but DAMN..at what price…
    At some point, the sarcasm or poking fun and the absurdity of racism is at my expense!

    It’s the same for ALL of the “discussion and dialogue” around the word “nigger”.

    Anything that painful and evokes such horrific trauma is not worthy of pop culture acceptance or general use among a generation that didn’t grow up when being identified as a “nigger” had a meaning very different that a kindred greeting……

    But I digress, I often quote the title of James Baldwin’s book (and a doc about him) in these matters where a symbol, act, or deed has good intentions but at the expense of hurting someone, being vulgar or a traumatic memory—the price of the ticket……….

  5. Del

    OKAY, my final post on this:)

    Here’s an example of how symbols, joking/tongue-in-cheek, are deeply distressing and can bring us all down–a business in this case.

    BTW, Sorry for all the typos, I’m the worst typist!

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/05/chernoff.noose/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

  6. Donald L. Molosi

    I find this ad campaign intriguing for two reasons.

    1. By seeking to people’s emotions and morality, it could either be a success or a total debacle. But, I feel that if you’re gonna ask people to revolutionize their minds sometimes coming on them strongly and seriously is what it takes. I find the ad interesting because although clearly possibly offensive, it is for shock value intended to spark off a revolution of the mind.

    2. I actually disagree with you Ben that all the above mentioned crimes against humanity are not linked. I’m a believer that ideas drive everything. I see actions (lynching, genocide, domestic violence against women) as mere executions of IDEAS. So, I see the connection in that all these tragedies come from feeling superior to a specific group whether morally or by skin color or gender.

  7. Sokari

    I agree with Donald in that the above mentioned crimes are linked as he says to belief by one group in it’s superiority over another – though I wouldn’t call them tragedies as that implies a lack of agency in carrying out these acts. However I am somewhat uncomfortable about the use of the KKK in an ad against homophobia which as Kym points out is not limited to Christianity. Besides why is it necessary to try and draw parallels as if the acts themselves are not horrific enough to stand alone. Do we need to compare Rwanda to the Holocaust in order to universally agree that it was genocide and a horrific set of crimes?