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Cincinnati NAACP Hires Right-Wing Attorney With Poor Civil Rights Record—Can’t Black Folks And Gay Folks Get Along Better?

The Cincinnati NAACP has hired conservative lawyer Christopher Finney to serve as it’s Director of Legal Redress.

The Cincinnati NAACP has done this despite Mr. Finney’s record of opposing the rights of gay folks in Cincinnati.

(The links above are to my blogger friend at Queer Cincinnati.  Texas Liberal is always glad to be listed at that shop as a Queer Cincinnati blogger.) 

Mr. Finney had a large hand in the passage of the terrible Issue 3 in Cincinnati back in 1993. This measure denied legal protections to gay citizens of Cincinnati that were extended to all other Cincinnatians.( It has since been repealed.)

The rights all people are connected.

I’ve long had the frustration that some advocates of gay rights don’t look behind their own interests. They don’t always seem to see the link between their rights and the rights of all people. Sometimes they come of as elitist and looking for more of a kind economic empacipation rather than looking for the freedom of all people.

Yet what impression can be left with gay rights advocates and with all freedom-loving people in the Cincinnati area when  Christopher Finney is hired to work for the Cincinnati NAACP?     

Why can’t black folks and gay folks get along? When will leaders in the black community speak more forcefully about accepting all people as they were born? Black folks and most gay folks came together to vote for Mr. Obama last November.  Can’t this fact be used as a starting point for better relations between the two groups?  

Writing about this issue and seeing that Chris Finney is still causing trouble after I’ve been away from Cincinnati for 11 years reminds me of the Jean Sartre play No Exit. The same people year after year after year afflicting each other by dredging up bad memories and the inability to leave the room even though they may in fact have the option to go elsewhere.

It’s not really different anywhere else. Though in a big spread-out place like Houston, with a young and often transient population, fewer people make the pretense of caring.  I don’t advocate widespread apathy, though sometimes I see its virtues. 

March 23, 2009 - Posted by | Books, Cincinnati, Houston, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. no they cant and wont. most african americans have a god base and they do not agree that gay is a way a person is and they think its a choice. its like if the gays said being black is a choice. these are all just the way things are and it will not change in our lifetimes.

    Comment by bill brady | March 26, 2009

  2. It does take time, but views do change.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 27, 2009

  3. i think views do change when you look at bush slam dunking two elections and then obama wins that is changed view. it might have been for all the wrong reasons and it might still not get us anywhere but the view changed among many people. the lawyer they hired might be the best bang for the dollar and they dont care if the idea is shared as much as the result. would you rather have someone who is not as skilled doing the work because they like the same music or same god as you or would you rather have a person that will do the best job to get your work done even if they do not agree with what they are doing? that is a lawyer for sure…

    Comment by bill brady | March 28, 2009

  4. Bush stole the one election and and won 51-49 the other time.

    A so-called civil rights group should not hire a lawyer opposed to civil rights.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 28, 2009

  5. are you saying that there was a better choice or a choice you would rahter see? americans gave bush power and congress gave him his war. cowards and morons the lot of them. if you found yourself ordering dominos though owned by a right wing freak its because they have the best pizza in your opinion correct?

    Comment by bill brady | March 28, 2009

  6. There was a better choice for the mission of the Cincinnati NAACP.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 29, 2009

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