Lt Dan Choi and Capt James Pietrangelo's hunger strike - or "Dignity Fast" as they called it - has come to an end. The two men gave up after 7 days without accomplishing any of their stated goals. As one Projector said to me last night, "Shit, sorority girls go longer without food and they don't care about DADT."
My post yesterday about the fast asking whether or not it was a good idea quickly drew a lot of comments and reactions were mixed. The majority seemed to think that this was a publicity stunt that backfired and I tend to agree.
With demands that were impossible to meet, the only two choices for Choi and Pietrangelo were death or surrender. One of the main tactics for political organizing is to always give yourself a way to win; you have to be able to claim victory somehow. These two jumped the gun and were tweeting that they'd do it before they'd had a chance to consider the ramifications and prepare for a serious action like a hunger strike.
This begs the question: With all of Choi's recent actions - tons of media appearances, chaining himself to the White House fence and this hunger strike - many in the community think Choi's gone off the deep end. They say this has become more about his ego than a smart strategy to repeal DADT quickly. What do you think?
Choi posted a statement on his website about ending the fast. It's after the jump.