I have two words: Just stop.
When the confederate flag goes down the one to replace it is not the rainbow flag. Why? Because the two have almost nothing to do with each other. People have an exceptionally difficult time understanding what this country is and what it was founded on and the unique circumstances of Black people in this country. The word unique bears repeating. There is simply no American story quite like it and if we are lucky there never will be again. It’s not just a story of people triumphing against the odds, it’s a story of incomprehensible suffering and an unlikely overcoming. And the story is not over. It is current affairs. It is Baltimore. It is Charleston. It is black churches set ablaze across the south. It is Kendrick Lamar performing “Alright” on top of a cop car.
The people who rode under the Confederate flag wanted to keep America half slave and half free. They literally wanted to tear apart the American fabric to maintain slavery. Gay rights activists talk about the constraints they’re under, but Black people were literally in chains. The denial of same-sex marriage did not have to do with denying the fundamental humanity of those people who identify as gay. Slavery, on the other hand, was founded on that denial of basic humanity and our law concretized the belief that Blacks were subhuman.
This imagery and the philosophy behind it are dismissive and hurtful, and, in fact, predatory.
I get that the Supreme Court decision last week in legalizing non-heterosexual marriage unions is a huge accomplishment for folks. Instead of humbly standing on the shoulders of giants; however, the attitude portrayed in this comic and undoubtedly in pockets of the gay rights movement tramples on the backs of those giants.
Faatimah Knight has a BA in Islamic Law and Theology from Zaytuna College. She is pursuing a Masters of Religious Studies in Chicago. You can follow her here: @faatimahknight and find some of her work here medium@faatimahknight