Here’s what Roland wrote:
February 5, 2012
“Following retailer H&M‘s Super Bowl commercial featuring soccer player David Beckham, CNN’s Roland Martin tweeted to almost 95,000 followers:
“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl”"
CNN Remains Silent after Calls for a Statement
February 7, 2012
CNN political analyst Roland Martin posted an apology on his website following calls from GLAAD, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), bloggers, advocates and thousands of Americans. Wrote Martin:
“To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I’m truly sorry. I can certainly understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one I meant. I’m disheartened that my words would embolden prejudice. While public debate over social issues is healthy, no matter which side someone takes, there is no room for debate as to whether we need to be respectful of others.”
Violence against gay people or against any other minority isn’t a political opinion. At a time when anti-gay violence afflicts countless LGBT and LGBT-perceived people in this country every day, prominent figures like Martin should condemn, not promote, such violence.
Yesterday afternoon, a video of a young man being brutally assaulted after exiting a grocery store was posted on LGBT news sites. As the perpetrators beat and kicked their victim, the attackers screamed “Fa**ot” as well as other anti-gay slurs.
- Should Roland S. Martin be Fired? (bilerico.com)
- Update: GLAAD claims CNN should fire Roland Martin over ‘anti-gay’ remarks (examiner.com)
- GLAAD to CNN: Fire Roland Martin for ‘anti-gay’ Tweets made during Sunday’s Super Bowl (miamiherald.typepad.com)
I know more about this story than I am fee to talk about. I don’t know the teacher though but I do know that administrators at the school got lots of hate mail from radical Christian types who said that they were taking up for the gay teacher and beating up on the student. The mom brought the media in and the boy relished the media circus at one point saying aloud “I’m famous.”
Read it at this link or the ones below:
Franks told friends that the harassment by Ary and his friends began several weeks ago after Franks, who also teaches sociology, posted on the “World Wall” in his classroom a photo, taken from the German news magazine Stern, of two men kissing. The photo was ripped off the wall and torn in two at some point during Ary’s class, and Franks told friends he believes that Ary or one of his friends tore up the photo.
During a later sociology class students upset that the photo had been torn up replaced it with a hand-drawn picture, and another student then covered that picture with a page bearing a hand-written biblical scripture from Leviticus calling sex between two men an abomination.
Franks told friends that since that incident, Ary and his friends had continued to make derogatory and harassing comments.
Franks’ friends also said that the teacher, a Fulbright scholar, has been the target of anti-gay harassment for at least the last two years, including having hateful messages left in his classroom and, in one case, having his car vandalized.
A spokesman for the group LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. that was formed about a year ago to help protect students and teachers in the district from anti-gay discrimination and bullying, said that Franks told his version of the incident last week, before the current investigation was launched and Franks was required to sign a statement saying he would not discuss the incident with other teachers, administrators, parents or students. Vann said Franks denied getting angry and yelling at Ary, as Ary had said, and reiterated that Ary’s comments were not pertinent to any discussion in the class at the time.
Now if they had also called him out on anything else they would have been in trouble too. Franks is a Jewish name. So does Franks not believe in the Bible or in Jewish law? I can tell you I’ve watched a lot of Netflix streaming videos and even Israeli orthodox Jews have homosexuals among them. My take is that homosexuality is not really condemned in the Bible. It’s just written that way. The problem though is that I think schools are going too far, i.e., public schools, in pushing the gay and LGBT agenda down the pike and that no one dare say a word that is not PC to anybody. Yet, the teacher can post a pic of two men kissing? Go figure. I can’t.
- Turns Out That “No Gays Allowed In Christianity” Kid Is A Homophobic Bully (queerty.com)
- New Details Call ‘Homosexuality Is Wrong’ Student’s Story Into Question (towleroad.com)
- Update on the Student Who Said ‘Homosexuality Is Wrong’ in His German Class (patheos.com)
- Gay Teacher Back To Work After Investigation (towleroad.com)
First published at blogcritics.org
I love Native Americans and their culture. The Navajo people are part of the organic fabric of this country and their DNA runs through the veins of most red-blooded Americans. We have acquired and borrowed many words from a people who have their own dialect, food, culture and artistic achievement with distinct gifts welcomed by American culture. To that end they have added their collective voices to the debate over the identity or identities found within the politically correct term LGBT community.
Independent Lens documentary Two Spirits beautifully tells the story of the short life and brutal death of 16-year-old Navajo boy named Fred Martinez. Along with that storyline the writer and director also present a less well-known spiritual belief surrounding the Navajo word nadleehi. It includes the understanding of what it means to have two spirits or an equally strong masculine and feminine brain. In their traditional culture such a one is honored; seen as both counselor and healer–the two spirits person is not shunned or derided. Understanding two spirits is essential and their word nails it. Androgyny suggests a state of mind or body found between the masculine and feminine and lack of distinction but two spirits means something deeper more esoteric. The Navajo believe in four genders: feminine woman, masculine man, feminine man and masculine woman. And this film mines that belief.
Fred’s life as told through the words of his mother and family friend reveals a child who was giving and looking and finding himself in two bodies–one female one male. And his daily life reflected that reality because some days he would dress and look strikingly girlish especially after he learned to style his hair and apply makeup. Other days he would resemble a boy wearing baggy jeans and T-shirts. Achieving a level of physical beauty became important to Fred and he relished his chameleon appearance.
Two Spirits also includes personal experiences as told by other Navajo who live as openly gay individuals. Most of them were told that they were different from day one, from the beginning something was seen in their life as a power that comes with full participation in the culture they are born into. Along with a discussion of two spirits the film includes human sexuality and its complex nature that Western culture wants to box neatly into two genders and one means of copulation between a masculine man and a feminine woman. This film discusses how the straight and narrow path of sexuality has been shattered by the Navajo who held marriages between gay people long before it resonated in Western culture and becomes a teachable hour on the subject.
Fred is adventurous and loves to mix and mingle with everybody and is not afraid to go into town. His mother worries about him because of discrimination against her son that she knows will collide: his brown skin and his feminine side that he does not hesitate to display. Just as he was disciplined at school for wearing clothes of his choice; his non-conformity was not appreciated by his peers or by the school’s administration, and the town at large will not want him either. Fred was headed for a deadly confrontation that he did not see coming.
Fred went to town for a regional rodeo and carnival and never returned. That night he went with friends to the rodeo where Sean Murphy also went with friends. It is believed that Fred got a ride to the convenience store with Sean and friends who went to an apartment but decided to go out again. Was he tracking Fred? No one is sure but later his body was found with a crushed skull from two nearby large rocks that Sean found and used to kill Fred. The murder was investigated as a hate crime (a crime which is committed against an entire community) but Sean pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, sentenced to 40 years in prison, which satisfied justice.
While Two Spirits may not redefine what marriage means in this country for stanch Christians–it can reshape key concepts about human individuality that includes sexuality and embraces gender identification not gender confusion.
- Two Spirits – The murder of a 16 year old Nadleeh Fred Martinez examined in PBS presentation. (queerfresno.com)
- The Problem of Non-sexist Language (socyberty.com)
Gape at TMZ’s hot-off-the web photos of Chaz and girlfriend. She’s a big woman with a little man, or a big man with a little woman. I’m confused. Chaz is jazzing it up TMZ-style i while out and about with him girlfriend. Chaz is in a state of transition and we are in a state of confusion.
But that is par for the operation course and sex-change venue. The road that Chastity is about to travel. But really you have to ask yourself, if you were to interview Chaz or Chastity, whichever one came to the interview, did you just wake up one morning look in the mirror and say eh gads I am old, fat and big for a woman, why not be a man?
It looks like that’s what she’s thinking.
But Chaz has a girlfriend who will be with a LGBT.