Category: Metro Written by Rebecca Nuttall - Courier Staff Writer
DIFFERENT IS NOT DEFICIENT—Jeremiah Wright uses humor to tackle a controversial subject. (Photos by J.L. Martello)
It seems as though everyday another prominent figure is coming out of the closet or speaking up to support the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered community. However, while many Americans are just beginning to change their minds on homosexuality, others have had the courage to voice their support for decades.
President Barack Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright’s views on homosexuality were forever changed when an 8-year-old girl came to him several years ago and told him she felt like a boy. Over the years, as the girl grew up and began to identify as a lesbian, Wright stood by her when her own mother would not.
“Different does not mean deficient,” Wright said during a lecture at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture when he visited Pittsburgh April 25. “Even though Jesus said that, we keep looking at and labeling those who are different as deficient.”
As a religious leader, Wright’s position on homosexuality is rare.
He said attempts to bring other religious leaders around to his position have been met with such vehement resistance that at a conference, one man was so overcome with anger at the notion, Wright believed he might turn violent.
Wright’s lecture was the first in the 2013 Bayard Rustin Lecture series, dedicated to the memory of Rustin, an openly gay, influential civil rights leader who organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963 and the New York City School Boycott.
Despite Rustin’s influence in the civil rights movement, some in the Black community ostracized him because of his sexuality. For this reason, Wright said other civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King are credited for the March on Washington, while Rustin was relegated to the shadows.
“Why can’t I let it go? Because Rustin organized (A. Phillip) Randolph’s March on Washington for Jobs and Justice,” Wright said. “I don’t care what they told you; Martin Luther King Jr. did not organize that march.”
Wright used the lecture as an opportunity to highlight other homosexual “African-American heroes” including Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. He also expelled other historical inaccuracies dating back to President Abraham Lincoln.
“Historical lies have to be corrected,” Wright said. “The truth must be told not only about the March (on Washington), but also the civil rights movement. There was misogyny and sexism in the civil rights movement.”
In order to illustrate his position on homosexuality, Wright began his lecture by pointing out the differences between European Americans and African-Americans. With humor and song, Wright explained inherent differences ranging from learning styles to linguistics to demonstrate how African-Americans like homosexuals are put down because of their differences.
“We operate under the false assumption that if you’re different from us, you’re deficient,” Wright said. “Because ain’t nobody right, but us.”
Speaking frankly, Wright said he believes the reason some men in the Black church community have a problem with homosexuality is because they themselves are gay and living on the “down low.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:18
Category: Metro Written by Courier Newsroom
College Success 101 Conference
MAY 2—The Pittsburgh College Success Collaborative will host the College Success 101 Conference from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The one-day conference is designed to aid in preparing high school sophomores and juniors in Pittsburgh Public Schools and the surrounding area for the college admission process. For more information, call 412-715-6243 or visit www.collegesuccess101.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:50
Category: Metro Written by Associated Press
STEUBENVILLE BIG RED (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
by Andrew Wesh Huggins
AP Legal Affairs Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police officers and investigators on Thursday were searching the high school attended by two football players who raped a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 18:42
Category: Metro Written by Christian Morrow - Courier Staff Writer
Pittsburgh Councilman Bill Peduto said he deserves your vote in the upcoming mayoral primary because he is dedicated solely to a vision of a revitalized city that works for all its residents.
“I have no real social life, I’m not married, and I have no family other than my mom. I still play a little hockey and I travel a lot, but most days you’ll find me meeting with people in a church basement or talking with a community organization in some part of the city,” he told the New Pittsburgh Courier editorial board. “For 20 years I’ve had my hands on building out the East End and I want to do the same for the whole city, but it has to be driven by the communities, not by what developers or Downtown wants.”
To assist in that, Peduto said he would create an entrepreneurial department inside the Urban Redevelopment Authority to support small business creation. He also envisions a campus in Homewood, centered on the former Holy Rosary School and the Carnegie Library that would take advantage of the potential pool of currently unemployed talent and agencies like the Community Empowerment Association that could teach them the roofing, plumbing, plastering trades needed to restore the neighborhood’s housing stock.
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 May 2013 17:43
Category: Metro Written by Public Source
STILL WAITING--Veteran Dan Blevins, 29, of Carnegie is one of 245,000 U.S. veterans still waiting for benefits. (Photo by Alexandra Kanik/PublicSource)
by Bill Heltzel, PublicSource
Dan Blevins, 29, of Carnegie is one of more than 10,000 veterans in Pennsylvania who has been waiting more than a year for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to rule on disability claims.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 20:06
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