Social justice advocate and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, William J. Barber II said a “rift” between the black and gay communities is a “false narrative” created by the National Organization for Marriage, but the conservative nonprofit insists it is Barber’s narrative that’s a lie.
In an address to his congregation while hosting gay Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Barber argued that America cannot understand black folks without understanding the LGBT community and vice versa.
“You know we keep hearing … there is some rift between certain communities. Black folk. Stop putting that on black folk. There is some phobia among all folk. But the flip side is more true and that is that all people … are in God’s love, God’s care and have contributed,” Barber said before touching on the issue more directly.
“Stop all that stuff about rift. There ain’t no data behind that, that there is some rift between black folk and gay folk. That’s a false narrative that was created by the National Organization [for] Marriage to separate people who, when they come together have always pushed America forward especially when it comes to addressing issues like poverty and healthcare,” he continued.
“You can’t understand the LGBT community without understanding black folk, you can’t understand black folk without understanding the LGBT community. Stop pushing that line. Don’t you know about Audre Lorde? Lesbians, don’t you know about Langston Hughes? Lorraine Hansberry? Don’t you know there would have been no March at Washington with black and white and brown and Jewish folk together if it hadn’t been for a gay brother named Bayard Rustin that God used? So let’s instead of pushing these unfounded, unfactual narratives, just decide that we are determined to show everybody the love of God,” he said.
Responding to Barber’s criticism on Monday, Joe Grabowski, a spokesman for the conservative National Organization for Marriage, which lobbies to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it, told The Christian Post that while there may be some sympathies between the black and LGBT communities as marginalized groups in America, there is indeed a fundamental disagreement between the two groups at the policy level concerning marriage and family.
“I disagree with his characterization,” Grabowski said. “I think in fact the false narrative that’s being promoted by some elites in our society is that the left and particularly now, the Democratic party have the values of ordinary Americans in mind as they pursue their progressive agenda whereas in actuality our experience in the past has been that the black church has been very strong in favor of traditional values on marriage and family.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair