By Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World
This week, it was reported in the New York Times that African American leaders and gay rights groups are forming alliances in the pursuit of civil rights. The gathering was likely in response to the recent backlash received by the NAACP for its support of gay marriage without consulting its membership. Chapter leaders and board members have resigned from the NAACP in protest, largely because the move has been seen as an appeasement to the Obama Administration that didn’t take the values of it’s church-going membership into serious consideration.
In response to the criticism, gay rights leaders have agreed to support Rev. Al Sharpton in his march against the controversial “stop and frisk” policy being followed by the New York City police department. The policy is responsible for the arrest of large numbers of black and latino residents of New York City, as police are stopping them without just cause. The coalition is an important one for the civil rights of New York city residents, but it is difficult to see how this is going to affect the rest of the nation.