Photo of 24-year-old Jonathon Ferrell
Yes, they are both movements against oppression. Yes, there is systematic discrimination against the LGBT community and the African American community. But let’s not trumpet gay as the new black. Gay is not the new black. Black is the new black.
As LGBT rights march forward from sea to shining sea, we mourn the rollbacks on voting rights and the moves towards voter suppression across the country; we mourn living in a country where a young, African-American motorist cannot count on getting help from a cop after getting into a car accident.
We may have a black man in the White House, but we have millions of young black men across this country with the odds still stacked against them – and not just in Detroit or the Southside of Chicago, but even in the suburbs where Mr. Ferrell tragically lost his life after surviving a horrible car crash.