Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rod McCollum writes a column on MSNBC's The Grio on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and its affects on black folks

LGBT/SGL blogger, Rod McCollum recently penned an article on The Grio on the MSNBC network about the affects of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) on how it would be a "teachable moment" for the "black community".  He touched on Obama's first State of the Union speech and its inclusion of the repeal of DADT.  Also get gave some interesting figures on how many service men and women have been discharged from the military because of the nearly 20-year-old policy. 

More than 13,000 members of the military have been fired since the law was adopted and more than "644 people have been discharged under the law since Mr. Obama took office," the New York Times notes in a January 28 editorial calling for its repeal. The law has cost the US up to $1.3 billion. Additionally, the public face of the dismissed gay soldier is often white and male, but they're statistically more likely to be a black lesbian or black gay man.

Interesting, considering how most blacks do come from economically crazier background especially in these times where unemployment is 3x the rate of whites.  So the military is the only real secure employment option for many blacks in this economy.  It's a damn shame that so many LGBT/SGLs of color have to turn to military to make as well, but they are always the ones facing the highest threshold of foolishness for being person of color and same-gender-loving (SGL).  

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