Loyal Citizens (A Few Of Them) Protest Manuel Rodriguez’s Anti-Gay Campaign Tactics—Where Are The Good People?
Above you see freedom loving citizens of Houston protesting the ongoing presence of Manuel Rodriguez on the Houston Independent School District Board.
They are quite appropriately making this protest under the flag of our State of Texas and under the flag of the United States of America.
Mr. Rodriguez circulated anti-gay campaign materials in his recent reelection bid. Mr. Rodriguez won by 24 votes.
The link above shows the campaign circular.
“Rodriguez, who is seeking re-election to the District III seat, noted in the brochure that his challenger, Ramiro Fonseca, has “spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights … not kids.” The ad also points out (Ramiro) Fonseca’s endorsement by the Houston GLBT political caucus and underlines the words “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.” Rodriguez describes himself in the flyer as a “family man” who is married to his high school sweetheart and is the father of four and the grandfather of five. The ad says Fonseca has a male partner and no children”
There were maybe 20 people at the protest shown in the picture. These folks were loyal Americans seeking to right a wrong.
While that is very good, there are a number of questions I had after attending this rally.
Where was the full GLBT community?
Where were the candidates who have been happy to take the Houston GLBT caucus endorsement over the years?
Where were other civil rights groups in Houston? The freedom of all people is connected. Where is the outreach between groups? Where is the effort and imagination? Where is the hope that people working together can make life better?
At the core of the matter, where were everyday citizens of Houston?
Is anybody serious about anything?
You can’t control what folks such as Mr. Rodriguez are going to do or say. There are always going to be people who do and say mean and hateful things.
All you control is your response to the bad actions of people in power.
Mr. Rodriguez and people who support his narrow mindset know the sad facts of the matter as shown by this example.
You can get away with just about anything and folks will look the other way.
Even folks who say they care about issues of civil rights and freedom will for the most part look away.
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