Picking fights with African-Americans just isn’t the done thing — especially in the penumbra of good feelings the election cast across the landscape. The linchpin of the gay agenda has always been the tenuous linking between the gay experience and the African-American experience. Nothing can be allowed to disrupt that linkage lest gay Americans and not African -Americans lose credibility as an oppressed group. Being a gay “slave” is not a historic reality, but a “lifestyle” choice made for the excitement of the role. There are no “safe words” that can stop you from being black in America.
But there is also a less admirable reason for demonstrating in front of Mormon churches and not taking your long parade of gay discontent and peevishness through those neighborhoods in LA and other cities that are heavily African-American: fear of getting your ass kicked or worse. …
If any gay activists suggested that, since African-Americans were the primary reason they lost at the polls, their protest should go through those neighborhoods in LA or San Francisco, there would have been a very small crowd at the rallying point. Probably about five fingers worth, and those who showed would have been taken away as dangers to others and themselves. Gay Americans might be angry, but they are not that stupid, nor that courageous. It would have been asking them to show a bit too much courage for their conviction.
If there is any group in LA that is relieved that no gay protests marched through South Central, Anaheim, or Compton venting their anger on African-Americans, it has got to be the Los Angeles Police Department. If gay protestors had been that foolish, it would have been a case of “many footprints going in, fewer footprints coming out.” But of course — as is often the case with our “idealistic” groups and their protests, we don’t see people acting with real courage — as we saw in the Civil Rights era — but rather mobs of soft people too cowardly to risk more than losing a few hours from their jobs, their shopping, or their sofas.