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Speech: Jesse Jackson says gays are ‘America’s newest second-class citizens’

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  1. Ian Bower 8 Dec 2010, 2:29pm

    I agree with all he says.
    Trouble is I and many others were saying it decades ago.
    Thanks Jesse but please try and stay up-to-date in future.
    :-)

  2. But it’s great that a religious man has said this though, Ian. If he changes the mind of some people who currently look down on us then that’d be fantastic. Sometimes it need the ‘right’ person to say something before it becomes more widely accepted.

    And he’s spot on about the “second class citizen” bit. Some people always seem to need a group to denigrate and dehumanise.

  3. He has just shot holes in my preconceptions of others’ prejudices.
    A religious, and, black man.

  4. westcoastkid 8 Dec 2010, 4:21pm

    Hmmm, the calendar on my wall reads December 8th, 2010. To bad it does not tell me it’s December 8th, 1966.

    Me wonders if the once relevant but not forgotten reverend isn’t trying to regain a modicum of his reputation (and the public spotlight) as a civil rights crusader by (finally) taking up our cause.

    He may have made the 5 o’clock news but in 2010 Mr Jackson… who cares?

  5. tia maria 8 Dec 2010, 6:13pm

    @westcoastkid… Me wonders what YOU have done today to contribute and fight for equality.
    Do your research. The man has always taken up ‘our cause’.

  6. westcoastkid 8 Dec 2010, 6:22pm

    @tia maria “Me wonders what YOU have done today to contribute and fight for equality.
    Do your research. The man has always taken up ‘our cause’.”

    So Mr. jacksone has been supporting gay marriage since 1966> Wow, that’s news to me and the rest of the gay world.

    By ‘our cause’ I am referring to gay marriage and as far as what I have done for the cause… you don’t know me.

  7. “If he changes the mind of some people who currently look down on us then that’d be fantastic”

    You said it. The real battle is the one of hearts and minds, and the more that realise gay people deserve their support, the more isolated and foolish the extremists look. As the old saying goes, a wise man changes his mind, a fool never does.

  8. As the proud Mother of a gay man I think that Jesse Jackson is to be commended for his recent speech and it really does’nt matter westcoastkid or tia maria whether he says it now or in 1966 – lets applaud the fact that it was an excellent speech and agree with Iris, if it changes the minds of some people who look down on gays, then that would be fantastic. We should now be concentrating on Russia and their archaic laws whereby homosexuality is illegal, not to mention Italy whose President Burlusconi is forever spouting dribble about Gays.

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