Originally published in the Washington Post
Our column in response to Reverend and “ex-gay” Donnie McClurkin’s dismissal from the March on Washington Peace Concert.
By Aisha Moodie-Mills and Danielle Moodie-Mills
After all, the event, which kicked off two weeks of celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, sought to honor the legacy of two great civil rights heroes, promote peace and harmony, and reflect on their message that injustice anywhere is indeed a threat to justice everywhere.
McClurkin — who has a long history of preaching divisive messages about gay people, and a rather short history standing on the side of social justice issues — was a peculiar choice for top billing at a peace concert, given his polarizing anti-gay stance and slim advocacy record.
Most unfortunate is that McClurkin isn’t just a lone ranger standing on a soapbox outside the Metro — he is one of several clergy members who use their popularity and pulpit to shame and blame, rather than preach the peace and acceptance that the namesakes of the concert stood for, and died protecting. His values were clearly a misfit for this event.
Nonetheless, the brouhaha that has ensued since D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) unceremoniously rescinded McClurkin’s invitation on the eve of his scheduled performance, has taken on a dangerous undertone of what we call the “Oppression Olympics.”