Saturday, May 02, 2009

Say It Again

"Straight men," Franklin said, "should learn more about the outlooks and contributions of gay men. Read a book by a gay author. Have an intelligent conversation with a gay neighbor." Franklin reminded the Morehouse students: "At a time when it was truly scandalous to have homosexual friends or associates, Dr. King looked to Bayard Rustin, a black gay man, as a trusted adviser. And, Malcolm X regarded James Baldwin, a black gay man, as a brilliant chronicler of the black experience."

"To my straight brothers," he said, "diversity at Morehouse is an opportunity that can enrich your education if you are courageous enough to seize the opportunity. We cannot force you, but we invite you to learn from your environment."

Perfection.

(Thanks, JJP)

3 comments:

em said...

perfection
indeed

why humans make so many simple truths complicated, i will never understand

"Say it Again"

Thank You, for this

Beth said...

There is so much to be learned from being open to a different perspective, a different point of view and a diiferent life experience. I thank my mother, who died when I was only 20, for introducing me during her time here, to people and lifestyles that were so different from my own. One of her greatest gifts, no doubt.

Craig Hickman said...

Thank you for sharing that Beth.

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em, you're welcome. ;)