On The View yesterday former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee shows just how clueless Republican leaders are about all civil rights issues and not just LGBT civil rights.
After a sickening acknowledgment of the historic election of Barack Obama as our next president in which Huckabee talks about how much he remembers segregation, Huckabee says that gay rights are not civil rights because gays have not been the victims of violent attacks in the ways that African-Americans have.
First, let's just say that whatever Huckabee's remembrance of segregation, it pales in comparison to the experiences of millions of Black people who were treated as sub-human through government enforced policies. Huckabee may have sat on the sidelines thinking "oh, those poor Black people," but African-American people were the victims of the waterhoses, dogs and police batons that he references in the video clip.
Huckabee's weak and obviously fake comment on the historic nature of Obama's achievement ignores the fact that Republicans up and down the ticket used the most offensive racially coded rhetoric and images seen in decades and that John McCain and Sarah Palin did their damnedest to use Obama's race to define him as un-American.
Huckabee's dismal of LGBT civil rights as "real" civil rights because, according to him we have not suffered violent attacks, ignores the violent murders of Matthew Shepard, Paul Broussard, Sakia Gunn, Gwen Araujo, Satendar Singh, Harvey Milk, Bill Jack Gaither, Ryan Skipper and the countless other LGBT people who were murdered by homophobic and transphobic thugs given license to hate by people like Huckabee, and James Dobson, John Hagee.
Mr. Huckabee, are you really this clueless or are modeling the kinder, gentler face of anti-LGBT bigotry and hatred?