Reflections from the Grounded Center



"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people, and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence, that spreads all too easily to victimize the next minority group.

Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Georgia, and St. Augustine, Florida, and many other campaigns of the civil rights movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions."

- Coretta Scott King, in 1999 at the 25th Anniversary luncheon for the Lambda LegalDefense Fund.


Anonymous gerd said...

It is great to hear that other civil rights leaders have a sense of respect and compassion for our (the gay) community. Its a great honor that the widow of Dr. King would lend such inspiration.

I ask you then why in the State of the Union address did Bush first honor Coretta Scott King's memory only to later spit on her grave when he referenced his opposition to gay marriage? Or rather his stance to challege those that attempt to redefine marriage? Why is the Republican party so utterly controlled by a hate group (The Christian Right)?

We must take Corretta Scott King's word as hope and fuel in our own fight for civil rights, and challenge those who hate us with her ideals. Me must hope that we can change them and ourselves for the best of our nation, so that there are no more 2nd class citizens.



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