To complain simply is to express grief, pain or discontent. I take it is difficult for President Obama to accept, feel or believe that some people, in particular in the African American community have such feelings. That we have grief of no longer having health insurance or being able to buy for our kids things that we once took for granted. That we feel pain when we struggle to keep our homes or maintain balanced diets to place in front of our family for breakfast lunch and dinner. Or that we feel discontent when we see the government making massive bailout to millionaires who work on Wall Street but barely lift a finger to deal with our concern with the exception as he did recently, to order us to stop complaining and “shut up.” Because he was tiered of us voicing or grief, pain and discontent.
I wonder why this posture is taken. Funny, I didn’t hear such a tone or statement made toward Jewish Americans recently when thye COMPLAINED about President Obama’s statements regarding a return to the 1967 borders of Israel. Nor did I hear a similar statement addressed to the Gay and Lesbian community when they voiced outrage and discontent toward not having the rights of marriage or concerning don’t ask don’t tell in the military. Nor did I hear him make such statements regarding Latino and Hispanic immigrants when they voice their pain of having to leave their families if caught up in the web of draconian attacks on supposedly illegal immigration. Yet I do with respect to African Americans.
By Anslem Samuel
ho·mo·pho·bi·a [hoh-muh-foh-bee-uh] noun
Irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals
Based on the above definition, someone that is homophobic fears homosexuals. But if you ask the average straight person if they’re “afraid” of gays and lesbians, more than likely, they’ll say no. Disgust, hatred and religious sympathy are the adverbs most would use to describe their feelings towards this group of people. Fear wouldn’t necessarily be a part of their emotional analysis. Well, not on a surface level at least. So, by definition, can someone like that really be considered homophobic? Read more…