"You can choose to be gay or not," Marshall Brown said. "You can never choose to be black or not."I'm glad that the Elder Brown can see the merits of the "people are born that way" argument. It was his next statement that gave me pause.
Not so, his son said. "People are born that way," Kwame Brown said. "That could be a generational difference between the way he thinks and the way I think."
"That's a fair argument," the father said when told of his son's view about sexual orientation. But the elder Brown wasn't about to equate gay rights with the civil rights movement.
Homosexuals, he said, "can hide it so easily, but we can't hide that we're black."So here are the big questions that beg to be asked:
- If blacks could have hidden easily their blackness ... that is, if they could have used a cream or other such ways to hide the color of their skin ... would they have settled with the laws of the days before the Civil Rights Movement?
- Would the lighter-skinned among them have sold out those of their brethren who were to the extremes of the color human spectrum in order to just fit in and work with the system that existed at that time?
- Would they have simply accepted their situation or would they have still fought to make things better, equal, and more perfect?
I think I already know the answer. Which makes their arguments all the more ridiculous.