What’s the connection between fashion, a presidential candidate and an ineffective special interest group? I’ll do my best to navigate.
Item One: Song Links Saggy Pants to Being Gay
A new campaign by the city of Dallas targets the hip-hop style of wearing your pants low enough that your boxers are showin — and part of your posterior, too.
The campaign has a signature song, “Pull Your Pants Up,” by Dooney Da’ Priest, that links so-called saggin’ with being gay. …
An accompanying billboard says it’s rude to be “walking around showin’ your behind to other dudes.” The song’s refrain is “Be a real man — pull your pants up.”
In an interview with a local television station, Dooney explained that saggin’ comes from jail, where he argued that showing your boxers has a very particular meaning. “You’re letting another man know that you’re available,” Dooney said.
Homophobia is a major problem in the black community, one that’s largely ignored. It presents a real dilemma for the PC crowd, and for Democrats, as African-Americans and gays are among the party’s most loyal constituencies.
Item Two: A black preacher campaigning for Barack Obama believes gays can be converted.
This has caused quite an uproar among liberal bloggers, and it’s certainly an issue worth addressing. But why now, and why Obama?
Item Three: The Human Rights Campaign (which conveniently shares an acronym with its in-house candidate for president) issues ultimatum to Obama: Cancel the event with gospel singer/minister Donnie McClurkin, or else we’ll get really, really mad.
There’s not much the HRC should, or could, do. However, they’ve put Obama in an uncomfortable situation, which is fine, but why were they silent when Hillbot touted an endorsement by a homophobic preacher? (Note that Obama didn’t attend the event where McClurkin appeared.)
“In this game, all candidates have been associated with homophobes. For instance, Hillary Clinton recently trumpeted her friendship with Harold Mayberry, of the First African Methodist Church in Oakland; her press release on the meeting/endorsement left out the fact that Mayberry believes homosexuality to be comparable to thievery.”
Rest assured, the HRC is deep in HRC’s pocket. Any credibility they might’ve had is sullied; besides, no organization should claim to speak for an entire group, particularly one as feckless and conflicted as the Human Rights Campaign.
Regardless, the gay community should ask — or, in indignation-speak, demand — why the HRC supports a candidate intimately aligned with the administration responsible for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and The Defense of Marriage Act. Obama’s record on gay rights is more progressive and consistent, though he shouldn’t take the HRC’s snub personally — the fix was in long before he entered the race.
If you’re fine with powerful lobbyists telling you how to vote, then by all means, choose Hillbot. Just don’t be so brainwashed to think you’re voting for change.