Pulled in two directions


My heart broke all last week, realizing that I really wanted to be in two places at once. I had to be at the EqualityNC Conference. I wanted to be attend at least one of the various Prop. 8 protests in the Carolinas.

My little activist-at-heart self was torn in two directions: Do my job and do it well by attending an important statewide event and coordinating community member reports for later reporting in the paper, or skip out on work and go protest to my heart’s delight. I chose the former. Responsibility sucks.

The protests in the Carolinas went well. Some places planned for an entire week — cities like Raleigh where about 1,400 people showed up at the N.C. Legislative Building’s Halifax Mall. Other cities like Boone planned their activities in less than 24 hours, and still managed to draw 60 people to protest the anti-gay Nov. 4 ballot initiatives.

More estimates:

“Estimates ranged from as little as 40 60 participants in Boone, N.C., to as many as 1,400 in Raleigh’s Halifax Mall. About 200 attended the rally in Charlotte and 300-400 attended in Greensboro. Columbia’s rally attracted about 150. According to Bambi Weavil of OutImpact.com, 130 people attended a rally in Wilmington, N.C. According to Out in Asheville’s Lin Orndorf, 300 attended a rally in Asheville’s Pritchard Park.” (Oh, and Greenville, N.C., had about 30.)

Journalist Rex Wockner is calling this new-found street activism a “Stonewall 2.0.” Writer Andrew Sullivan has some warnings for HRC — warnings any big, LGBT organization would do well to pay attention to.

Other journalists are referring to a former “passive era” vs. the present activism were seeing now. The world is changing and with it the LGBT community.

But not all is roses. There’ve been mistakes. There’s been anger. That anger has fueled unfortunate events in California and elsewhere. While I understand the anger, and the deeply-felt emotions of hurt and pain, there is never an excuse for verbal or physical violence. NEVER.

At the same time, there is never an excuse for progandistic lying and misleading. Those in the radical right would now attempt to paint all Prop. 8 protesters as violent, “Christian molesting” perverts. Ain’t true a’tall; you can’t paint us all as crazy lefties. The ultimate form of scare tactic: Find the scariest, most frightening situation (that might or might not have happened) and transpose it onto an entire movement. “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (or otherwise falsely mislead other people) would be a great reminder right about now.

We’re dealing with a new movement. New rules. New pain and hurt. New emotion. It’s all raw and it hasn’t been formed into any sort of movable movement — at least not yet. Almost 40 years since Stonewall, the LGBT community is experiencing a re-birth. What will come of it is yet to be known.


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6 Responses to “Pulled in two directions”
  1. At the same time, there is never an excuse for progandistic lying and misleading. Those in the radical right would now attempt to paint all Prop. 8 protesters as violent, “Christian molesting” perverts. Ain’t true a’tall; you can’t paint us all as crazy lefties. The ultimate form of scare tactic: Find the scariest, most frightening situation (that might or might not have happened) and transpose it onto an entire movement. “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (or otherwise falsely mislead other people) would be a great reminder right about now.

    Instead of accusing me of lying and misleading without any evidence that I have done this, how about you simply doing some investigative reporting, and find out for yourself? If I’m wrong in what I’ve reported, then I definitely need to be corrected. What have I or anyone affiliated with Dr. Brown’s ministry done to make you assume I’m lying or misleading here? If we’ve done anything, please let me know, I’d like to correct it.

  2. Matt says:

    Marcus,

    Most, if not all, of my blog posts are backed up with plenty of links to supporting facts and verifiable sources, including my own past work and reputable news sources. So far, all I’ve seen about many of the details you claim in this “mob attack” is a WND story. No mainstream media to back it up? What about the “molestation” claim? That’s a pretty big claim to make without anything backing it up, don’t’cha think?

    But, for fairness, perhaps “lying” was too harsh a word. “Misleading” applies a bit better. Where are your reports of the many peaceful, non-violent Prop. 8 and other protests? By only reporting on the few violent, out-of-hand protests, you give your readers the false and misleading illusion that all of the protests have involved violence. This isn’t true.

    I can call you out for not providing enough sources to back up your claim. Fair is fair. And, for the record, I’m doing my investigation. I haven’t found a thing — nada, zip, zero — to back up your “molestation” claims.

  3. sickntired says:

    Well I’m sorry you miss out of the protest, then again I really want to go the Conf & Gala, but things just didn’t work out for me to attend So I chose to attend one of the event near me, I wish I would have went to Raleigh, but as luck would have it, I chose Greenville instead. To do both, to lean support for No on H8 and to photograph the event as well. I only wish the group was bigger, I know there is a larger LGBT community in Greenville.

  4. See my latest comments on VOR for more info on my sources.

  5. Matt,

    Reading the YouTube account again, I see that it leaves out a few things that our email source contained. I’ve written a followup to the article that contains further details on our sources here: http://voiceofrevolution.askdrbrown.org/2008/11/19/kingdoms-in-conflict-followup/

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