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Hijacking a Cause, Person by Person

Michael Gryboski
By Michael Gryboski
Posted on May 17,2010
Filed Under News , Community,

Photo by FLICKR/civilrights/3513044385/<br /> <br />Longtime civil rights activist Dorothy Height was 98 when she died last month. <br />
Photo by FLICKR/civilrights/3513044385/
Longtime civil rights activist Dorothy Height was 98 when she died last month.

ALEXANDRIA, VA - April is said to be the cruelest month.
To the cliché’s credit, it is the month in which the American Civil War began, the Titanic sank, and Adolf Hitler was born.

Another addition to the sad moments of that cruel month came this year with the death of longtime civil rights activist Dorothy Height at the age of 98.

Seldom appreciated until recently, Ms. Height did many things in her near century-long life. This included serving as president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years and overseeing the desegregation of the YWCA.

She is also hailed by a proponent of gay rights.

Writes Irene Monroe of the Huffington Post, “This grande dame of the civil rights era, however, got a lot of work done in her lifetime, exhibiting indefatigable energy in championing for gay civil rights as she did 80-plus years championing race and gender civil rights.”

The Human Rights Campaign even gave her an award and she spoke at a luncheon sponsored by the organization.

This is meant to express a continuum of the struggle for equality in our nation. Homosexual advocacy organizations believe the modern gay rights movement is the descendant of the 1960s civil rights movement.

There is one problem: in nearly 100 years of living, Dorothy Height never actually campaigned or openly supported the gay rights movement.

But wait, didn’t she receive an award from the Human Rights Campaign? She did, but then again she received awards from many people, including federal marriage amendment proponent and former president George W. Bush.

Wait a minute, she did more than tacitly accept an award, she spoke at their event. That she did, but her speech was devoid of open endorsement of specific parts of the HRC’s cause.

Outside of a passing compliment to the HRC (which would be expected to be mentioned by anyone accepting an award from someone else) and a compliment for helping out with “civil rights”, there was nothing.

No endorsement of gay marriage, civil unions, hate-speech laws, the gay gene…nothing.

 If anything, she alluded to possibly personally opposing some of their views, as she said in her speech: “I accept this recognition on behalf of this whole group knowing that we have many differences, we come at issues in different ways, we find those things that we are ready to support, and we are always free to stand back if we are not ready.”

Absence of evidence should be quite unnerving for those who claim she was a proponent. In the lengthy New York Times obituary column for Height, not a single mention of activity for gay rights is listed.

On the NCNW’s website, a similar lack of mention, both for any alleged support for homosexual advocacy as well as any mention of her even being at the HRC’s luncheon. For the NCNW, those who worked alongside Height for decades, the HRC was not worth mentioning.

For years now homosexual advocacy organizations have claimed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported their cause.

This even though  not a single statement of support for homosexuality exists in any of Dr. King’s speeches or literature. This even though today the King family is divided as to whether or not the civil rights leader would have supported the gay rights movement if alive today.

However facts do not matter to groups like the HRC, who have been exposed on more than one occasion for fabricating their membership numbers.

According to the Washington Blade, HRC deems anyone who has donated as little as $1.00 to be a member. The only apparent way to be removed from the list of members is by specific request.

In their perpetual public relations efforts to paint the struggle for racial equality and sexual equality as being the same, homosexual advocacy organizations have glossed over the fact that minority communities have consistently opposed their efforts.

For Proposition 8 on the California ballot, 70% of black voters supported traditional marriage and for Virginia’s marriage amendment, a Washington Post poll found that 61% of blacks supported defining marriage as one man and one woman.

So it is that once more another accomplished civil rights activist is hijacked by the homosexual advocacy movement. This is not a tendency peculiar to this cause, for countless ideological movements have claimed that if alive various historical figures would be on their side.

Nevertheless, a bad behavior being commonplace does not make the bad behavior good.

April may not be the cruelest month, but it is the month that saw the death of a hardworking long-living member of the civil rights movement. Dorothy Height campaigned for human rights all her life, she accepted help from wherever it came from, and did many things to make our society a better place.

Time will tell how many causes she may not have agreed with will use her name and face to advance their ideology, as they have already done with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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