It was a lovely statement and absolutely the right thing for them to do. But there was something unseemly about much of the "celebration" here re: this issue.
The NAACP has quietly and not-so-quietly been on the side of marriage equality for a while now. It's obvious that alot of folks here were unaware of that. The cries of "better late than never" and "OH MY GOD!! THIS IS SO HUGE!!" were just... unseemly. It's almost as if some here simply could not believe that an org for, by, and about Black Americans would endorse gay marriage/rights.
Check out this video:
This was from an event last year. The fury and frustration in Ben Jealous' voice just about mirrors my own. His comment that "we only hear the negative" re: the NAACP's support of gay marriage could be carried over to black people as a whole. It is IMMENSELY frustrating to constantly have people whose only connection to your community is what they see on tv or read in the paper tell you what you and your people are about.
This is why it is so important to get the truth out. So that makes me really appreciate things such as the information in Jamaal's post and the perspective from Jealous and The Black Snob. I'm really hoping that the comments from HRC President Joe Solmonese become true before I'm too old to appreciate it: