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22 May 2012

Gays Can Hide in a Closet, Blacks Can't

I am going to keep this short.

I frequently see, read, or hear gays equate their "struggle" for marriage equality to the struggle of blacks to gain basic civil rights in this country.

I cringe in disgust whenever I hear gay rights activists make this comparison, simply because gays can hide in a closet. Blacks can't.

Comedian Chris Rock once said, "There ain't a white man in this room who'd trade places with me, and I'm rich!"

I am willing to bet two dozen, hot, glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a gallon of ice-cold, refreshing, grade A Mayfield milk that a gay white man would never trade places with a straight black man.

Gays can always pretend they aren't gay. Gays can stay in that closet until time indefinite.

All throughout history, people have questioned the sexuality of certain well-known individuals. To this day, people wonder if former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was a homosexual. There's never any question about the race of Malcolm X.

Malcolm X was a black man, and he couldn't hide that in any closet.

When I wake up in the morning, and look in the mirror, I'm still a black man. I can't walk up to someone and say, "I'm white."

I'd get laughed out of the room if I said that to anyone.

My point is this:

Gays can hide in a closet, blacks can't.

There is no comparison between the gays' "struggle" for marriage equality, and the black civil rights movement.

The gays were never denied the right to vote because of their sexual orientation. The gays were never told to give up their seat on the bus to a straight man or straight woman, for that matter. And the gays were never segregated into "gay-only" schools.

All the things that previously made blacks second-class citizens in this country, gays and lesbians never experienced.

We could debate all day whether gays or lesbians should be entitled to the privileges of marriage. But frankly, there is no debate between being gay and being black.

In case you haven't noticed, gays can hide in a closet. Blacks can't.