I was disappointed and dismayed while watching the televised Asheville City Council meeting over same-sex domestic-partnership benefits being extended to Asheville city employees. It seems that a good part of the African-American community is in opposition to this measure, including Asheville's African-American mayor.
I find this disheartening. The gay and lesbian community has stood up for African-Americans' rights and voted in their best interests, time and time again. I heard the Bible used to justify their homophobic position on moral grounds. Do they not remember that the Bible was also used to justify slavery and keep civil rights from being extended to them at one time?
They are right about one thing: This is a moral issue. It is moral to stand up for the minority, the disenfranchised, the oppressed. Gays and lesbians have done this for African-Americans. When will African-Americans do this for gays and lesbians? From local politics in Asheville and other cities across the country to Prop 8 in California, gays and lesbians have been let down by the African-American community. I find it ironic that the issue of homosexuality is the one issue that seems to bring together racists and African-Americans to further suppress an oppressed group of people, and all in God's name.
— Angel Chandler