Head of NAACP on Black/Gay Civil Rights Movements

Excerpt from a July 30 New York Times Magazine interview with Benjamin Todd Jealous, which largely focused on the role of race in the LGBT movement:

The N.A.A.C.P., which just held its 100th annual convention amid much fanfare, was founded to advance civil rights. Why has the organization failed to take a stand on same-sex marriage, one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our day?
We’re engaged in fighting a whole range of issues of urgent relevance to the gay community and people of color in our country, including school bullying, hate crimes and employment discrimination. But we’re a barge, not a speedboat. We’re not going to repeat the mistakes of so many other institutions that have literally torn themselves apart over this divisive issue.

Read the rest of the interview here.


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