Nothings angers me quite so quickly as a gay or lesbian person asserting that we experience what African Americans have experienced; or a gay male asserting the he experiences what women have experienced. Whether I want them to or not, white privilege and male privilege, operate to 24/7, sometimes most perniciously when we least notice them. My husband focuses almost no energy on his jeopardy as an African American, but I would have to be dumber than dumb not to notice the doors that have opened for me that have not opened for him during our 32+ years of marriage. African Americans and females sometimes draw generous parallels when they see at close range the discrimination gays and lesbians face. African Americans and women are entitled to draw empathetic analogies from their own experience, but as white and male I would not dare lay claim to the experience of those who do not have white male privilege. Dean Zahl, as a white male who is presumably straight, you are much too bright to behave like a cry-baby L > Associated Press > Religion Today > By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS , 06.01.2006, 12:13 PM > > The Episcopal Church is poised to apologize for failing to oppose > slavery, but making up for its 19th century inaction won't come > without 21st century controversy. > > At its national convention beginning June 13, the church is expected > to approve a resolution expressing regret for supporting slavery and > segregation. But the debate will likely get more heated when a second > resolution comes up, calling for a study of possible reparations for > black Episcopalians. > > ..... > > > Yet the gay issues debate is so fierce it extends even to slavery. > > Some conservatives, who find themselves in the minority with their > opposition to gay marriage and clergy, see themselves as being > discriminated against. As the Rev. Paul Zahl, dean of the > conservative Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa., > puts it: "We just find it hard this moment to take it seriously, when > we ourselves feel like African-Americans did 50 years ago." >
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