Race and Beyond: The Black in the Rainbow
By Sam Fulwood III
And, now, here stands this 62-year-old black lesbian, who has waged private and public battles for decades against the encrusted black leadership in Northeast Ohio, as a voting delegate at the NAACP’s 103rd Annual Convention. Yes, times have definitely changed.
Over a breakfast of bacon, toast, and tea, Huff defended the NAACP on gay rights issues. Indeed, she said, most people have a mistaken impression of the NAACP’s role as an advocate for the gay and transgender community.
“I’m here because we need to reveal black in the rainbow and to reveal the rainbow in black,” she said. “When you talk to a black person about social justice and discrimination, there’s something in our moral history that screams to us ‘That ain’t right!’ It’s just that so many people haven’t heard that the NAACP has been arguing what’s not right about discrimination against gays and lesbians, but they have been at it for long, long time.”
My colleague Aisha Moodie-Mills, Advisor to the Center for American Progress on LGBT Policy and Racial Justice, agreed.
“The NAACP has long been a staunch defender of civil rights and justice for all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and their recent resolution in support of marriage equality is a continuation of that legacy, not the beginning of it,” she told me.