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April 11, 2006

Thank You Jasmyne

Posted at April 11, 2006 08:58 PM in Politics .

Now I get this. And, for those who feel she misused Audre Lorde's quote: “I have come to believe over and over again, that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” She was talking about herself. She said what she had to say at the risk of having it "bruised or misunderstood." I get that. Jasmyne only said aloud what many in the Black community have been saying both aloud and secretly. This is what I was talking about in my earlier post.

Jasmyne Cannick did not do what K-F-Y-I Radio host Brian James did last month by suggesting a solution to the immigration problem was to randomly pick one night a week to kill anyone coming across the border.

We really need to stop fighting over issues such as these. There is much more to this issue than a sound bite, the cut and dry, the black and white. There's much more to it. Jasmyne states in her article: "Gay rights, HIV/AIDS, and immigration reform should not and cannot be the only issues that gays do coalition building on." This is true because this is where she works. She is in the community and she is talking with poltiicians, ministers, business people, yes, she is working in the community and before anyone goes out to spear her, maybe a phone call, a dialogue, something would be better than making assmptions that she is in the same place everyone else is and vice versa.

If we are out there pounding pavements for unconditional love, rights, acceptance, etc., then we in the GLBT/ LGBT/ SGL/ Queer community must be do likewise for each other. That's all I'm saying.

As for the guy who took a cheap shot at Keith Boykin which was unnecesarry, I do question his intentions and I cannot help but wonder if some of that hinged on jealousy. For those who don't quite get what I'm talking about, my appologies, I'm not talking about you. But I'm old and I've been around the block a few times and a perfumed pig smells like a perfumed pig.

We really need to be careful in these days because chaos is the order of the day. If we are continuously fighting against each other, Black, White, Gay, Straight, legal or not legal, immigrant or naturalized, we will fail to see what is really going on that will adversely affect all of us. The divide and conquer mess I've been seeing lately is getting old. Let's not get caught up in it.

jasmyme6.jpgTHE BOTTOM LINE: Much Ado About Illegal Immigration & Gays
by Jasmyne Cannick

So in case you haven’t heard, there’s a big brouhaha over my article on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights and illegal immigration.

Immigration reform is a difficult issue, I realize that. But I also realize and respect the fact that we all see this issue differently whether due to race, socio-economic background, or just geographic location.

My reality in South Los Angeles may not be your reality.

I believe that America needs immigration reform but how we will get there still remains to be seen.

At the same time, I also believe that America needs to take care of its citizens who don’t yet have all of their rights, including the right to marry, access to affordable housing, access to a better education, access to healthcare, and access to jobs that pay livable wages.

I am perfectly aware that immigrants are not only Latino’s. Many of my friends are immigrants from Africa and the West Indies. I am not against immigration or immigration reform. However, whether or not illegal immigrant rights should be addressed before addressing the rights of legal citizens is debate that is ongoing. No one is right and no one is wrong. We all have the right to our own opinion on how things should be handled. If the Congress and Senate can’t even agree, why should we expect all gays to be in agreement on this issue? [Read More]


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