Michael Crawford

Huckabee: Gays Haven't Suffered Enough for Civil Rights

Filed By Michael Crawford | November 19, 2008 2:00 PM | comments

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Tags: civil rights struggles, gay marriage, gay rights, gays vs Blacks, Mike Huckabee, The View

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.

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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?

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Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | November 19, 2008 3:28 PM

Huckabee’s whole shtick in this clip is, in my opinion, an act. His Republican brand just conducted the dirtiest campaign in my voting lifetime against Obama, appealing in code to his party's most racist elements. And now Huckabee, without renouncing his party's campaign tactics, wants to express horror over racism and segregation in this country?! Puh-leeze.

As for comparing homophobia and gay-bashing to "Christian bashing," words cannot express my disgust. When was the last time a Christian was shot dead or beaten to a pulp in this country for their religious views? If Christ were alive today, he'd be palling around with the inmates at Guantanamo, or with the African-American transvestite hookers, or with the scared, gay high-schoolers who run away from their "Christian" homes and live homeless on the streets. Not with these sanctimonious, hypocritical, rich so-called "Christians."

David Goroff | November 19, 2008 3:32 PM

And what exactly has Mike Huckabee suffered that entitles him and his class of white, male, Christians to civil rights?

An old lady got pushed down by an idiot.

How about the thousands of queers who've been beaten, lost jobs, housing, families, or died because of who they are - doesn't matter you can't see a different skin color - what is he smokin'?

When my son came out, the first thing I thought of was his safety. It's one of the issues that scares most parents when they find out their children are GLBT.

Civil rights belong to everyone - one group does not have the right to insist that they are the only ones entitled to that benefit. We are all created equal in this country and we all deserve the same damned civil rights!

The Gods and Goddesses of Karma are probably already arranging for Huckabee to be born gay and attacked in his next life. Maybe two or three lives, if his skull is as thick as I think it is.
After which, he'll finally say, "Oh, I get it."

As someone from the south, it pains me to say this, but if I hear someone with a southern accent talking about civil rights, I generally think they are on the troglodyte side of history and move on.

Maybe he can follow up his comments on his Fox News show which I will fail to watch as well.

I remember a quote like this from Hillary Clinton, who got it from the DNC, who got it from Leah Daughtry and Donna Brazille.
Thanks to jackasses like these, Being LGBT in America is a bit like two things:
• being at a party to which you’re not invited and
• being Frankenstein getting chased by villagers.

He is CLUELESS!!!!!! Next?

Good point about the elderly woman with the cross. She might choose to enter a space that's hostile to her in order to make a point, but gays don't have that choice: we are forced to live in a hostile world every day.

And yes, that hostility sometimes gets us killed.

Melanie Davis | November 19, 2008 8:44 PM

Is "the View" the place Republicans go to die?

Just wondering.

Reformed Ascetic | November 19, 2008 8:46 PM

Well, I believe I heard him cede the movement in all other spheres than marriage. Does that mean that we can expect his support on ENDA, ending DADT, et cetera?

I wish the "marriage conversation" would focus more on the suffering we experience when those 1,138 federal rights are denied. The REAL SUFFERING; personal stories.

I've been VERY frustrated as I've blogged about this Psychological Warfare on the children of LGBT families during this entire PROP 8 DEBACLE; did ANYONE consider how young children would react to society voting on their family's worth? We may not know for years.

Except for this news today: The American Psychological Association wrote, "Amendments that restrict civil marriage rights of same-sex couples – such as Proposition 8 that recently passed in California – have led to higher levels of stress and anxiety among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, as well as among their families of origin".

Yes, even those who love us are stressing from PROP 8 and other electorial insults.....with good reason. No family exists in a vacuum; did voters and constitution experts forget about The Family Tree? Interconnectedness? Interdependance?

The stories of countless other Americans desperately need to be heard, esp. by the likes of a Huckabee, Norris, Newt, or other idiots who are given a microphone. Marriage laws were put in place many years ago in order to PROTECT individuals and their families; if they were not necessary THEY WOULD NOT EXIST (for the heterosexuals).

Americans want to deny us what they DEEM ESSENTIAL. I personally have a HUGE problem with that.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | November 20, 2008 5:25 PM

Psychological Warfare on the children of LGBT families during this entire PROP 8 DEBACLE; did ANYONE consider how young children would react to society voting on their family's worth?

Excellent points, John!

I am so angry and fed-up: our families have been scapegoated enough!!!

John R. Selig | November 20, 2008 5:48 AM

I say put Huckabee in prison for say 5 years. Let it be known that he is a racist but that he loves to get fucked. We can check back in about 18 months and see his views have changed!

Can we really do this to poor Huck, John? Oooh, I'm practically giddy. I mental image of him with his prison shirt tied in a knot at the waist is priceless.

Thanks for doing your part John. Here is an article from this mornings Bay Area Reporter where you were featured.


Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone had the best quote of all about Huckabee: he said that Huck is "entertaining, interesting, different, and batshit crazy."

I sure hope Obama gets the job done, 'cause there sure aren't any Republicans that are capable of picking their noses and ordering at wendy's at the same time.