This topic “No One Is Free Until We Are All Free.” This was famously said by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This praise is simplicite in itself of the meaning. I grew up on this terminology “Love your neighbor as yourself,” which is one of the Ten Commandments. Do unto others as you would want done unto you. I can go on and on with different passages in the Bible. It all comes back to treating each other as equals without hate and malice in your heart.
I make this statement to say. I was blown away and in disbelief of this new bill that took place April 1st in the state of North Carolina. North Carolina Governor signed into law an outrageous and unprecedented anti-LGBT bill. This bill has taken us so far back when it comes to simple human rights. Even if you are not a part of the LGBT Community you should see this as a problem. Just the mere fact of this bill passing gives businesses the right to refuse service to a gay person, or couple if it infringes on their religious beliefs. Does this sound familiar to anyone in the civil rights times? When blacks were protesting for their rights for racial equality. When we as a people were not able to use certain bathrooms, water fountains, restaurants, hotels, attend white schools. I could continue, but I think you know where I’m going with this.
Not only does this law not protect the LGBT Community. This law forces transgender students in public schools to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity. Additionally, access to facilities in all government agencies must be based on biological sex as well. That includes public universities. This is the most flagrant civil rights violation in recent history.
This further saddens me where we are going as a Nation. The more we try to move forward it will always be that handful that pushes us three steps back. We can’t overcome our differences if we are not willing to educate, or open up our minds to change.
I remember reading about a conversation with Harry Belafonte and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the State of the Black Union event. Dr. King said “I fear, I am integrating my people into a burning house.” Concerned of that statement Harry Belafonte asked Dr. King “What should we do?” Dr. King replied, “Become the firemen. Let’s not stand by and let the house burn.” I can metaphorically say that burning house is equating to the state of American politics, policies and business at the time, as it also relates to it today.
We in the LGBT Community have made major strides over the past few years. Granted, much of this process is tied to where you live. The state of North Carolina has open up a can of worms. That has put a nasty taste in my mouth that stinks of bad politics, and bigotry against a very large community of people.
“No one is free until we all are free”. We still have a long road to travel as people. It is evident with hatred, bigotry, and hypocrisy.
Until then we will have to continue to fight the good fight for our basic human rights not only in the LGBT Community, but humanity itself.