NAACP Rocks!

I witnessed one of the most inspirational speakers, NAACP’s Ben Jealous, at the 16th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner. I only wish that I could have half the wisdom, courage, integrity, and kindness this man expressed.

Ben spoke of the following resolution passed by the NAACP board of directors:

The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to ensure the “political, educational, social and economic equality” of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment.

It is not lost on me how difficult it is for such a diverse community to support marriage equality. I think the NAACP embodies the true spirit of an Ally. Certainly, same-sex marriage may not agree with all people’s personal, cultural, and religious beliefs; but the NAACP has found a way to accept and support the LGBT community through their common belief in basic human rights.

The NAACP can count me as their Ally for social justice for all Americans.

Allies: Take Action

I encourage you to read the post What is an Ally if you haven’t done so and ask yourself if you are an Ally.

If you conclude you are an Ally, please post at least one comment here saying how you help bridge the divide to show your support and inspire others.

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What is an Ally?

I like to reflect at night or early morning before the sun rises. The moon symbolizes reflection while during the day the sun means action.

Coyote Moon

Coyote Moon

Allies in the simplest sense bridge the divide between culture, religion, and politics that separate human beings into different communities. They accept, respect, and protect each other because they know in their heart it’s the right thing to do.

Allies have the ability to separate personality, ego, and physical appearances to find the good in the people for whom they build a bridge. Allies recognize the harsh realities the other community faces can make it difficult at times to get along, but an Ally does not give up.

Allies know that fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Any reluctance they may have had to being an Ally disappears when they get to know people of the other community, especially their complementary allies. 

Allies stand up to their fears and find practical, compassionate ways to maintain their own identity without harming the identities of people in the other community. Allies know they don’t have to compromise in order to accept and even love people in the other community.

An example of an Ally is a gay or straight person who stands up in his or her community for members of the other community. It can be as simple as a heterosexual teacher who displays a PRIDE banner in his classroom letting everyone know his classroom is a safe place or it can be a homosexual or transsexual person expressing patience and compassion for a person innocently assuming everyone is heterosexual.