Saturday, February 27, 2010
The recent Harold Ford Jr. debacle has heated up some discussions on how we should address politicians, as well as, how we should fight for our rights.
If your not familiar with the issue, Ford spoke at a Stonewall Democrats event in NYC. However, he was attacked by several gays, screaming and shouting during his speech. The aftermath of that event, caused several LGBT leaders, activists and bloggers to condemn the protesters' actions.
Then on the flipslide, several LGBT peeps felt this is the best way to deal with lying politicians and the slow process on our issues.
But what is the best method? Is there a 'best method'?
I struggle with this because I'm all for protesting. I think it's a great way to convey our frustrations. However, when it's destructive, the point is muddled.
For example, there's already a backlash from the Ford drama. The mainstream media folks are labeling the protesters as "rude", "vile", "tacky". And this issue has trickled down to other minority groups who are seeing this as an unnecessary attack on Ford.
Still, this method could sent a message that 'we don't take no jive'. This could be the wake up call to any politician who wants our support.
For me, I think the Ford drama hurt more than helped. But on the other hand, folks now know you can't play with our emotions.
I would love to hear from y'all about this.